Are there great white sharks in the Gulf of Maine?

So, one of the questions we get pretty frequently at the lab each summer is whether or not great white sharks actually swim anywhere near to the Isles of Shoals. Well, an article from this past July sheds light on this subject.

According to the Boothbay Register, of Maine, several fisherman observed a great white shark feeding on the carcass of a minke whale at several points last summer. Ryan Casey reports seeing the shark while lobstering off Damariscove Island and says:

It was about 15 feet long and you could see its head coming out of the water as it was feeding.

A shark expert later confirmed it was a great white. Casey’s video tells the story.

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