Massachusetts Shark Attack Remembered

Photo Illustration/New England Boating As a crowd gathered on Hollywood Beach that summer afternoon in 1936, some speculated that a bleeding teen pulled from the water had been bitten by a big fish—a “man-eater.’’

Page from published article, American Midland Natrualist, Vol. 44, No. 3, Nov. 1950.

Others thought it was a hoax. Still others thought 16-year-old Joseph Troy Jr. had simply drowned. After all, such sharks—now known as great whites—were practically unheard of around Buzzards Bay.

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