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Boater Reports Great White Shark Sighted off Island Beach State Park

Coast Guard received the call about the shark sighting.

The U.S. Coast Guard at Barnegat Light has confirmed a sighting of a 12-foot great white shark in the waters off Island Beach State Park.

A call came in from a boater on Sunday who reported that the shark was spotted about 200 feet off the shore in the southern end of the park, Petty Officer David Black said.

Superintendent Mark Pitchell said he had been informed the shark had been spotted by a boater.

"I'm not aware this has happened very much," he said, referring to a great white shark sighting.

Bathing Beach 1 is open to swimmers today. Both bathing beaches will be open on June 18, Pitchell said.

Come back to Patch for more information later.

NLS August 04, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Louise you're so right. Its so funny to read people so definitively saying one thing when really, there's no way of telling for sure. Of course the shark could come in due to interest in a while carcass or a nice shallow water breeding spot, but who are we to say for sure? The point is, it came around, it's doing it's thing, it's living life now stop trying to act like experts against people you'll never meet, get off your computer and live your life. Yeesh.
ROSS J. TROVATO August 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM
SHARKS WERE DWELLING IN THE SEA LONG BEFORE WE HUMANS BEGAN TO ENTER THIER DOMAIN. IT'S THIER WORLD DOWN THERE.WE ARE MERELY VISITORS.SO,IF YOU SEE ONE,USE COMMON SENSE,AND RESECT THEM,EXITING THE WATER AS QUICKLY AND QUIETLY AS POSSIBLE,AND YOU'LL BE JUST FINE.ALSO,AVOID SWIMMING BEFORE THE SUN IS FULLY UP,AND AFTER DARK,AS SHARKS ARE KNOWN TO COME CLOSE TO SHORE TO FEED AT THOSE TIMES.RESPECT THE SEA AND IT'S INHABITANTS,AND YOU'RE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO END UP A ''STATISTIC''.
rc August 04, 2012 at 05:20 AM
your more common to die in a plane crash then get attacked by a shark
rc August 04, 2012 at 05:22 AM
your def wrong just because there a shark dosent mean they will eat a human there more afraid of us then we are of them thats how every animal is! when there threatend or in danger is when they attack... they just dont come up and eat people for fun! the only time they wld do that is in breeding season when there prolly more protective and in when there feeding like on seals cause they think your competition..
jim August 04, 2012 at 05:41 AM
get used to whales , dolphins and other mammals washing up at a record rate if the oil companies get the permit to start sonic blasting off the jersey coast. it will burst their ear drums, kill scallop beds and scatter fish like striper hundreds of miles from their usual habitats. i heard scientists and a captain who sailed the sea with jaques cousteau tell of how much devastation it will cause. they say the sound will be loud enough underwater to be heard from maine to florida . i listened to scientists, commercial fishermen and more testify at the bureau of ocean energy management in atlantic city in april. oil lobbyists were there testifying there was a lot of money to be made. if they are allowed to do this it will be devastating for the nj shore.

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