Great White Sharks In The Waters Off The Jersey Shore: Have You Seen One?

There have been recent sightings of Great Whites, but there has never been a confirmed shark attack in New Jersey waters, says an article on APP.com.

Jersey shore bathers are hearing about a few sightings of the Great White Shark in waters off the shore. Experts cite the sightings on seasonal ocean water warming, and the growth of the seal population. 

Have you ever had an encounter with a Great White Shark, or another kind of shark? Tell us about it in the Comment section below. 

An article in the Asbury Park Press reports that a fisherman recorded a video of a great white shark eating bait fish off Cape May on June 28, and another believes he had an encounter with one off Long Beach Island on June 20.

Last year, a Great White was seen circling a boat off the coast of Atlantic City, according to NBC10.

But don't be scared. Of the 47 shark attacks in all of the United States, there have been no shark attacks on humans reported in New Jersey waters since records have been kept in 1959, according to APP.com.

See the APP's article to see images and learn more about the 10 species of common sharks found off the Jersey Shore. 

Michael B July 03, 2014 at 08:15 AM
This article is quite disingenuous and incomplete by saying there have been no shark attacks in Jersey waters, citing statistics that go back only to 1959. Given this is the Matawan Patch, it's especially lax. In the summer of 1916, the most severe stretch of shark attacks occurred within a week of each other, culminating in several deaths in Matawan Creek. The story was the inspiration for the book Jaws. There's still some debate as to wether it was a great white as was long believed or perhaps a bull shark, which is known to be able to survive for longer periods of time in partial fresh water. But yes, there have been shark attacks in Jersey waters. If you want to know more about this fascinating and horrifying summer, read the book Close to Shore.


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