Shark Week

Dated: 07/29/2017

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It’s “Shark Week” which is a term coined by The Discovery Channel that has permeated the coastal culture and is used in marketing by museums, clothing retailers, and even restaurants. New Jersey holds a pivotal point in this phenomenon as the novel and subsequent movie “Jaws” were inspired by the shark attacks along the Jersey coast during the summer of 1916 commencing with an attack off the Beach Haven pier.  


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                                                                Hunting the New Jersey shark of 1916



Of recent note, the Associated Press published a story on Monday that a crew based out of Brielle, while fishing one hundred miles offshore, landed a 926 lb, 12 foot, mako shark which officials say is the largest shark catch in the history of the State. The previous record for a shark caught off the coastline was in 1988 when anglers landed an 880lb tiger shark off Cape May.


New Jersey is considered to be a migratory nexus for ocean animals, and more than 30 species of shark pass by its coastline according to George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The deeper the waters; the more the species. Fishing from the surf, one can catch sand tigers, dogfish sharks, and even the occasional bull shark, but there are always exceptions and bigger fish do come in close upon occasion.


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                                                                                  Great White Shark


However, the odds of being attacked by a shark are far less than being struck by lightning. Since 1884, there have been just 47 incidents involving humans and sharks in New Jersey, and only five of them fatal (four in 1916.) If anything, humans are a bigger threat to sharks than the other way around. Overfishing and climate change are decimating the shark populations which are slow to reproduce. Virtually all species of sharks are either threatened or endangered, and they are necessary animals that keep fish populations healthy by culling the sick and injured leaving the healthy to reproduce.


So if you want to learn more about sharks, tune in to The Discovery Channel. If you want to find shark related memorabilia, hit the stores, and if you want to buy, sell, or rent a home, call Andrew (me).

From your “Running Realtor” Andrew Gonzales….

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