Martha’s Vineyard & Shark
May 7, 2011 by staff
Martha’s Vineyard & Shark, A great white shark was spotted this morning on the coast of Martha’s Vineyard for a group of fishermen, authorities said.
The shark, which was confirmed as a great white by an expert from the state, was circling the carcass of a minke whale near Gay Head, Reginald said Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Jeff Lynch of Chilmark, a commercial fisherman who navigates Menemsha, said he was heading to fish mackerel this morning with two friends when they saw the dead whale, then I saw the great white swimming around underneath.
“The funny thing is that it was mackerel fishing for shark bait,” he said.
Lynch said he motored Menemsha at 6 am and saw the dead whale and the shark to 7 am about 1 to 1 1 / 2 miles west of Gay Head. He said they drifted around the area and noted that the shark until 7:30 or 7:45 am
“It was a continuation around me,” said Lynch. Said it was sometimes within two feet of his boat.
“I had a few ‘Jaws’ appointment through my head,” he said. “I’m fishing for sharks at all times. But to see something that size was absolutely incredible.”
It is estimated that the animal was 20 feet long and weighed 2,000 pounds.
Lynch said he took photos of the shark and emailed to another shark expert Greg Skomal, who wanted to label the large sample, but was not able to get there in time.
Oak Bluffs is Farrissey was in the boat with Lynch and said the shark was the biggest he has seen.
“It was very surprising to see that,” Farrissey. “It’s definitely something I’ll remember all my life.”
The fishermen originally approached the dead whale because Coast Guard officials had asked them to take photos of the whale. When the boat approached, the shark swam under the boat, Farrissey said.
“All he said was, ‘we do not want to sink right now,” he said.
The encounter ended when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Police towed the whale carcass and the shark disappeared, and Farrissey Lynch said.
“What I really want to emphasize is that there is no need to panic,” said Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state agency.
Zimmerman said that sharks have been sighted in the area in previous years because they follow the food stamps.
While no official warning has been released, stressed people to take caution in the water and avoid areas frequented by seals, the favorite food of sharks.
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