Staring in awe, Skomal mouthed an expletive. “It wasn’t a report. It wasn’t a rumor, you know?” Skomal says today. “It wasn’t a mystery fish . . . it was a
.” The estuary was an ideal place for an up-close glimpse of the free-swimming female great white, which stayed until scientists coaxed her into open waters on October 4 of that year. Now, Skomal thought, every great white sighting was worth investigating.
Great White lies, tails, uh… but not all rumor
07/03/10 – With many island jaws passing on tales of Great White Sharks being caught in the immediate vicinity of Block Island the last few weeks, the Times decided to get into the teeth of the matter.
Anyone who has gone out on a boat to check out these waters can tell you there are all kinds of sharks around Block Island. Hammerheads, white tips, blues, makos — but to see a Great White is a rare occurrence. However, in the last month fishing boats near Block Island Sound have caught three juvenile Great White sharks.
The most recent Great White confirmed was a nine-footer caught by a commercial dragger last week four miles off Charlestown, Rhode Island, weighing roughly 700 pounds. A photo of the shark quickly circled the island, sparking rumors that it had been caught off Block Island’s Charleston Beach and that others had been caught around the island as well.