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Old 06-26-2016, 07:34 AM
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This year is the 100 Year anniversary of "Terror at the Shore" when three shark attacks occurred on the coast of NJ within a couple of weeks:

"Long before the summer of 1975, when Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” convinced moviegoers not to go near the water, the Jersey Shore had its own bit of shark-attack history, in some ways much stranger than fiction.
Shark attacks are rare, experts say, and a cluster of attacks by one shark resulting in several deaths is even rarer. But 100 years ago along the New Jersey coast, three events, four deaths and two weeks of hysteria began a century of shark fear and obsession.

“The television specials, shows, movies like ‘Jaws’ have kept the 1916 attacks in people’s minds,” said Ronald Marr, president of the Long Beach Island Historical Association. “If people weren’t thinking about them before, they are thinking of them now.”

The Long Beach Island Museum sits across the street from Veterans Memorial Park in Beach Haven. Families picnic and play on the grassy space that used to be the spot for the original Engleside Hotel, a place where the Vansant family from Philadelphia would stay during summer vacations at the shore.

“The Engleside Hotel was the grandest lodge on the deserted stretch north of Atlantic City, a world apart from the glamour of Asbury Park, where President Woodrow Wilson stayed that summer 1916,” wrote Michael Capuzzo in his book, “Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916.”

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That summer, young Charles Vansant would become part of history. On July 1, Vansant went for a quick swim, his sister sitting on the beach to keep him company, according to records.

Under the water, a predator lurked, what experts now hypothesize was a great white shark. The shark attacked Vansant. He was taken back to the hotel, where he bled out and died. He was the first victim of the “man-eater” shark of 1916.

“There wasn’t a lot of attention on sharks until the ‘Jaws’ movie came out,” Marr said. “I lived as a child on the Florida coast, where people were aware of sharks and alligators, but up here, people weren’t. The movie triggered some awareness, made people realize sharks can be predators, but that we also need to protect them.”

Newspapers of the day initially reported Vansant’s death as an attack by fish, but people were uncertain as to what kind of fish could cause so much damage.

Just five days later, a 27-year-old bellhop named Charles Bruder went swimming off the beach of Spring Lake, 50 miles north in Monmouth County. He too was attacked by a shark and died.

The attacks continued. On July 12, Lester Stilwell and a group of young boys were playing in the Matawan Creek when a shark attacked and killed him. Watson Fisher, a 24-year-old local man, waded into the creek to rescue the boy, but he too was attacked and killed.

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“Having a series of attacks over a short period of time in a relatively small geographic location is highly unusual,” said George H. Burgess, director of shark research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. “I can count on one hand in the international shark attack file when multiple bites occurred with a single shark. The 1916 attacks were one of them.”"


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Old 06-26-2016, 07:35 AM
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The question in my mind was whether this was really one shark?

Also, subsequent hypothesis is that the Matawan creek shark was more likely a bull shark, not a great white, due to it's location.

But it is strange for these attacks to occur so close to one another.
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Not to hijack, but on a similar note of how much the Jaws movie must have had an effect on me, just recently.
Few weeks back, wading 3/4 mile out on Brewster Flats on Cape Cod. That movie must have been in my mind, waste deep and always scanning around. Hey you never know.

Back to your read, which I have heard the story before, my opinion, one shark can terrorize and commit these heinous attacks. I threw in the word "heinous" due to the fact I'm watching Blue Bloods as I type and they use it allot.

And a comment from the article you linked

"But when her students work around sharks, she said, they experience not fear but an adrenaline rush."

Maybe an adrenaline rush as you realize you are working with sharks and see they are not agressive, but allot of times you fear way before the act, uncertainty. I'm pretty sure if the Jersey bathers all of a sudden save a fin break the surface, there would be plenty of fear.

As for the movie, number 1 and 2, I can watch them over and over. Great movies.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:41 AM
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Jaws 1 is always on my list, 2 is eh and the rest LOL.

Thing is the Matawan Creek attack is way up the Raritan and then up this several mile long small Creek, so the thoughts are that only bull sharks exhibit a preference for that habitat. The two open water attacks very well could have been great whites and possibly the same fish.
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After Jaws 1 & 2, they were really , really scrapping the bottom of the barrel.
But your right, #1, maybe they should have just stopped there.
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Parks officials closed the beach near the pier on Coney Island Tuesday out of an abundance of caution after aquarium authorities say sharks were spotted just off shore there for much of the morning.
Parks officials did not say anything about a shark, but John Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, said several had been spotted in the waters off the popular beach. NYPD aviation and harbor units were scouring the area. Dohlin said it's "impossible" to identify the species of sharks based on images and video, but they appear to be harmless basking sharks, which pose no threat to humans. Basking sharks can grow up to more than 20 feet long. Dohlin said he believes the sharks are coming close to shore for feeding.
Sharks were also spotted off Monmouth Beach in New Jersey Tuesday. Beach police caught a school of sharks a few yards offshore, just north of the town's beach club. Police said there was no one swimming in the water at the time.
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Rob Pompilio and his two friends came face to face with a great white shark June 8, 2013. They said the shark circled their boat for at least 10 minutes. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports. (Published Monday, June 16, 2014)
While sharks have been spotted singly or in pairs a few times this summer, there have been no sightings of schools of the fish like the one in Monmouth Beach.



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Matawan twp. just finished 10 days of the 100 year anniversary did a pretty big thing for it.
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Matawan twp. just finished 10 days of the 100 year anniversary did a pretty big thing for it.
I lived on the creek where it happened in Matawan for a few years!

There was a "celebration" event in LBI this summer as well.
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How could I forget:

Shark Week 2017 is just getting started. While there aren’t any Olympians on Monday night’s programming, all the specials have what fans really want: sharks. The July 24 lineup reveals that great whites won’t be the star of the night (don’t worry, they’ll still be featured). It seems quite a few different species will be examined on the second night of Shark Week. Check out Discovery Channel’s primetime schedule below:
8 p.m EDT — “Shark Vortex”
Every summer, about 30 species of sharks head to New England as water from the Gulf Stream pushes north into southern New England. Experts Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the yearly event. In this Shark Week special, produced by 333 Productions and Radley Studios, they’ll focus on three shark species: makos, great whites and porbeagles. The trio are apparently very talented. They can out-swim, out-think and out-compete the other shark species.

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“Shark Vortex” will follow sharks heading to New England. Dr. Greg Skomal, who is featured in the special, is pictured with a blue shark. Photo: Discovery Communications, Inc.
9 p.m EDT — “Return to the Isle of Jaws”
“Return to the Isle of Jaws” will focus on scientists and divers studying a new hot spot for great white sharks south of Western Australia. In the program, produced by Red Rock Films, the experts will make a “startling discovery that causes us to re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites,” according to a press release.
READ: Twitter Users Disappointed By Michael Phelps’ Shark Week Special
10 p.m EDT — “Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins”
This edition of “Alien Sharks” will take a break from the great whites to look at some of the weirder shark species. Sawsharks will be explored by Dr. Craig O’Connell, who will go to the Bass Strait for the finned fish. Expert Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert will head to Tokyo Bay for the goblin shark — but that’s not all they find. The duo will see goblin sharks as well as sawsharks, ghost sharks, frilled sharks and the luminescent lantern shark. This special is produced by Discovery Studios.
11 p.m. EDT — “Shark After Dark”
The Eli Roth-hosted after show will bring in both a comedian and an expert to discuss Monday’s Shark Week programming. Comedian Anthony Jeselnik and marine biologist Vicky Vasquez will discuss the sharks seen in “Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins.” Jeselnik will also play a game where he tests his knowledge of sharks and their habitats.
While Shark Week benefits Discovery Channel greatly, the network is also trying to help their finned friends. The Shark Finbassadors program aims to educate fans about issues sharks face. Top scientists, filmmakers and advocates will try to inform fans via live video Q&As and they’ll be talking over Shark Week’s official Instagram.
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Jaws 1 is always on my list, 2 is eh and the rest LOL.

Thing is the Matawan Creek attack is way up the Raritan and then up this several mile long small Creek, so the thoughts are that only bull sharks exhibit a preference for that habitat. The two open water attacks very well could have been great whites and possibly the same fish.
strangely, though, after a great white was caught only miles from Matawan Creek, I believe the attacks stopped.

so... one really never will know whether a bull or great white got Lester that summer.
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Just in time for sharkweek:

New Jersey Fishermen Reel in Massive 926-Pound Mako Shark



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what did the guys do with the dead fish ?
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good question... I haven't read anything about it, though I had the same question.
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I know Mako shark steaks are delicious, but that's an old fish .
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saw this on app.com:


"The charter fought it for an hour. It took us another two hours to get in the boat," said Gerrity.
The fish was weighed at Hoffman's Marina in Brielle. Gerrity cleaned the shark and said the charter took the "whole fish, the jaws, the tail, everything home."
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