[Ed. – For the first time, that is, since ‘Jaws,’ the blockbuster bestseller about a great white terrorizing a beach community.]
You’re gonna need a bigger holiday.
Just in time for Memorial Day, oceanic researchers said they have tracked a great white shark off Connecticut’s coast, the first time ever that the prodigious predator of summer movie fame has been pinpointed in Long Island Sound.
According to the shark-tracking group OCEARCH, the shark was pinged just off the coast of Greenwich on Monday at 10:50 a.m.
Researchers tagged the nearly 10-foot male shark off Nova Scotia last year with a digital monitor and named the behemoth “Cabot.”
Since then, the 500-plus pound shark’s trek through the ocean waters has been monitored by OCEARCH and posted on social media. Cabot has traveled as far south as Florida, but his latest destination has local beachgoers all abuzz.
“The Sound is cleaner, healthier than it’s been in so many years,” said Dave Sigworth, a spokesman for the The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn.
“So are we going to start to see occasional large apex animals, like humpback whales. Does that mean we are going to see more large sharks from time to time as there are more opportunities? These are questions that we have to be aware of.”