Summer Shark Sightings on the Jersey Shore are Up Including One Washing Up In Wildwood
Visiting our beautiful beaches up and down the Jersey Shore is an awesome way to relax and have some much-needed fun in the sun. Looks like we're not the only ones enjoying another summer season in the water.
Multiple shark sightings have been reported this summer including one recently on the 38th street beach in Ocean City according to 6 ABC. A 6-foot shark was pulled from the surf by fishermen and then released back into the water.
Earlier in the week, another shark sighting took place in Little Egg Harbor near Long Beach Island as a dorsal fin and tail were spotted in the water. Another shark washed up on the beach in Wildwood.
Professor of Marine Science Steve Nagiewicz tells 6 ABC,
"They're always on the move and looking for food, and the warm weather is of as much interest to them as it is to us."
Earlier this summer a juvenile great white was caught and released off the coast of Seaside heights. The shark weighed about 110 pounds and measured just about 7 feet long. The shark was caught in around 50 feet of water.
A gigantic great white shark named Freya was pinged off the coast of Atlantic City in June according to 6 ABC. Freya is a big girl weighing close to 900 pounds and 11 feet long. We had another great white shark ping off the Jersey Shore earlier this summer Breton just happened to be a massive 13-foot great white shark who was pinged 25 miles northeast off the Cape May coast.
The best way to avoid an encounter with a real-life Jaws is to swim in a group of people and avoid early morning or late evening trips into the water. Those are the times when sharks tend to feed. It's just another reason to always be on the lookout when having some summer fun in the ocean.
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