Evidence may point to great white shark nursery off NJ
Dan Radel, @DanielRadelAPP
Published 7:52 p.m. ET July 17, 2015 | Updated 1:18 p.m. ET July 20, 2015
Asbury Park Press
SANDY HOOK – A small party of friends and family were leisurely fishing for fluke Saturday when they hooked into something unexpected — a 4 1/2-foot juvenile great white shark.
They were nine miles northeast of the Sandy Hook tip, an area that is part of the New York Bight. After a short fight on rod and reel the shark was brought along side the boat and let go.
“It was released very quickly. We didn’t want to harm it,” said Robert Latore of Middletown, on whose boat the catch occurred.
In 25 years of fishing, this was Latore’s first encounter with a great white shark. But these brushes with juveniles may prove that the sharks are birthing their pups off the coast here.
“The New York Bight has long been known to be a nursery area — based on historic incidental catches of young-of-the-year,” said Michael L. Domeier, president of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, located in Hawaii.
The New York Bight is an area of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape May to Montauk Point on Long Island.
Domeier said research on the New York Bight is lacking, but what he knows from white shark pups on the West Coast is they often remain in a fairly localized area for the summer and then migrate to warmer water in the winter.
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