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.

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By Christina Johnson:

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. 
Sharky July 04, 2014 at 09:59 AM
1916 - Matawan Maneater. Granted article said records started to be kept in 1959. Has anyone bothered to tell the Great White sharks they're not supposed to be at the Jersey Shore? :) http://weirdnj.com/stories/matawan-man-eater/ Happy 4th to all!
Sheriffchris July 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM
These are man eaters..they go where they can feed. Want to become food for them, go to the Jersey Shore ... ;-)
Phillyboy July 04, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I am an avid Salt water fisherman. I have fished off LBI for nearly 50 years. I have encountered many sharks in my years on the water. Browns, Mako's ,Hammerheads, Sandbar ,Dusky, Thesher and the Tiger but never the Great White. Peter Benchleys novel JAWS was based off the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks that claimed the lives of 4 people within a one week span. The first attack occured in Beach Haven NJ 50 yds. off the Beach. The second attacked occured north in Spring Lake NJ . The last two attacks occured in Matawan Creek ( Saltwater Tributary).Two young men were killed in the same day swimming in the creek. Without questiion, that was a rogue shark looking for food. Sharks do not prey on humans inherently. I can tell you that Brown sharks while much smaller come into the Beachs at night to feed then are gone at sunrise. Many are caught by Fisherman every day then releaed back into the water because they are a protected species. I do believe that all the recent Great White sightings are predicted on the food that is available to these magnificent predators. Marine Biologist also believe that Great Whites may breed off the coast of NJ. There is an area called the Mud Hole about 40 miles off the coast which offers perfect breeding variables to the Great Whites however that has never been actually proven.
Paul B. July 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Christina, if you are just going to paraphrase another article that is your only source, you should at least read it. The APP article says there were 47 shark attacks in the US just last year, not since 1959! More than any other country. It also says there have been eight attacks in NJ since 1959! And as others point out, the most famous and deadly shark attacks ever occurred in NJ in 1916. But don't worry.
Sheriffchris July 05, 2014 at 05:17 PM
I have not seen any White Sharks at the Jersey shore...but I have seen many many white eels at the Jersey Shore.


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