Dead Great White “Caught” off Cape Cod
January 11, 2011
A dead great white shark was pulled up in a fisherman’s gillnet off Chatham, Massachusetts, on December 20, 2010, in 40 fathoms of water. The adult shark was estimated by the vessel’s captain at more than 18 feet.
The cause of the shark’s death could not be determined, as the carcass had to be disposed of at sea due to federal regulations. Based on satellite tagging data, it is unusual for a great white to be found in New England waters once the water temperature drops below 59 degrees, according to marine biologist Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Skomal said the shark could have been migrating south from Canadian waters when it encountered the net, or may have been able to tolerate the colder temperatures due to its size.
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