MV Buoys Detected Great Whites in 2018

Great White Shark | Photo by By Elias Levy, via Wikimedia Commons

Martha’s Vineyard Times: Two data buoys deployed between spring and autumn last year revealed the presence of previously tagged great white sharks along the southern shore of Edgartown.

The buoys were positioned off Oyster Pond and South Beach, the later location carrying some cinematic baggage. 44 years ago, actress and stuntwoman Susan Backlinie was filmed briefly clinging to a buoy off South Beach for the frightening initial scene of “Jaws,” a film long criticized for vilifying white sharks. The sharks detected by the data buoys weren’t hunting in Edgartown waters, state shark expert Greg Skomal said, but swimming through.

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