State shark expert Greg Skomal said Friday that he had identified and tagged the 11th great white shark of the season off the coast of Chatham.
Just ask kayakers Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who were hit by a great white shark and dumped into the water Wednesday off of White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The two women were 100 yards offshore, near an area populated by seals, when they were struck by a shark measuring 14 to 16 feet.
"I looked back at her and it came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over," Parker told CNN affiliate WCVB.
The shark was spotted on a routine patrol by Air 2, one of the State Police’s helicopters, said spokesman David Procopio. The shark, estimated to be 12 to 14 feet long, was 75 to 100 yards offshore, he said.
"This shark was at least 15 to 17 feet long! It was thrashing around in the shallow water up by shaws boat yard on the north side! It was one big ass shark! There were also reports of a second one! It went up river after our encounter. There were lots of people out looking for it! It was in probably two or three feet of water, which is why it was stuck and thrashing."
All beaches in the city were evacuated after a shark was reportedly seen about 150 yards offshore, though responding officers could not find any shark after an air and boat search.
Something smelled fishy in Stoughton. The Massachusetts Environmental Police and Stoughton police have launched an investigation after the carcass of a decapitated shark was found dumped in the woods, officials said. The body of the blue shark was found just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 30, near Northern Container Corp. on Shuman Avenue, said Amy Mahler, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. âWe got a call for a smell in the woods,â Stoughton Deputy Police Chief Rob Devine said. After finding the headless shark, local police handed the case over to the Environmental police, he said. The shark was about eight feet long. Its head was likely cut off to recover the jaw and teeth, Mahler said.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tagged the 13-foot shark with advanced tags that will allow them to track the shark and gather data on its behavior and environment.