Five great white sharks are lurking in the waters off New York and New Jersey-area beaches – but experts say driving to the beach is riskier than swimming in shark waters
- Several great white sharks were detected prowling the waters near New York
- Some of the deadly ocean predators are closing in on the Jersey shoreline
- A giant great white called Cabot was detected moving in from the Hamptons
- At least four other great whites also appear to be on track to the New York area
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, at least three great white sharks are thought to be lurking in waters off New York-area beaches with another two thought to be heading in that direction.
According to the Ocearch online shark tracker, the most recent sightings include Caroline at 12ft 9in and 1,348lbs, who was located between Seaside Heights and Barnegat Light, along the New Jersey Shore on July 1; Caper at 8ft weighing 348lbs; and Cabot who measures 9 feet and weight 533lbs.
The pair’s electronic tags were heard pinging off the Hamptons coastline on June 4 and June 8th.
Several great white sharks were detected prowling the waters near New York (file photo)
Some of the deadly ocean predators are closing in on the New York and New Jersey coastlines
Another new apex predator to the area is Vimy, at 1,164lb and 13ft long. He was tracked in a deep part of the ocean off the Delaware coast.
A great white known as Mary Lee used to be tracked between 2012 and 2017 but her five-year tracker battery has since stopped working but it is believed that she is still alive and swimming.
Great whites can have more than 3,000 serrated teeth each of up to 6 inches in length.
The concern over the presence of sharks was heightened after a 7ft long fish washed up on Rockaway Beach on July 1st, although that was only a thresher according to the New York Post and harmless to the water-going public.
Mary Lee, pictured, is thought to also be on her way back to the area. This image was taken when researchers initially tagged the shark off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2012
The 3,500lb great white shark is thought to have headed north after spending weeks in the waters off Florida and the Bahamas
‘The drive to the beach is much riskier than swimming with sharks in the water,’ said Paul Sieswerda, head of Gotham Whale, a New York research organization in an attempt to reassure beachgoers.
Chris Fischer, who founded the Ocearch shark tracker, said that he would expect an increase in shark numbers especially if seals start to reside in the area which would provide an abundant food source. However, he believes having five great whites in the area is ‘no more than normal.’
While these new details of the movements of the shark can seem scary to some, Fischer says beach-goers need not see their presence as a bad omen.
‘People should not be terrified of an ocean that’s full of sharks. They keep everything in balance,’ Fischer said.
‘So, if we want to make sure that our great grandchildren can eat fish sandwiches, we need lots of big sharks.’
Fischer is also urging those hoping to swim to go ahead with their plans, and reassures their chances of being bitten by a shark are very slim.
At least four other great whites also appear to be on track to the New York area
Great white sharks: Feared predators of the deep
- Great white sharks have such a strong sense of smell that they can detect a colony of seals two miles away
- Great whites give birth to up to ten ‘pups’ but mothers will eat them if they don’t swim off fast enough
- They swim at up to 37mph at full pelt and burst out of the water from below their prey
- They attack 5-10 humans every year but usually just take a ‘sample bite’ out of curiosity before swimming off
- Great whites can live to up to 70 years old
- They are colored white underneath to make them harder to see from below with sunlight shining down
- They have several rows of teeth that can number into the thousands
- As their teeth fall out they are replaced by razor sharp teeth in the row behind