In a perfect case of life imitating art, a 500-pound great white and a nursery of younger sharks have been traced to an affluent stretch of Long Island that inspired the classic film Jaws.
The near-10-foot-long creature was found in Long Island Sound – notable for some extravagant mansions and wealthy neighbourhoods along its coastline – by the research group Ocearch, which also discovered a nursery of great whites between the nearby Cape Cod and Cape May.
It said it was “the first time ever” it had found a shark of that size in the area, which was where Steven Spielberg filmed his iconic 1975 movie about a great white that terrorises tourists in the fictional town of Amity Island.
Ocearch founder Chris Fischer said that while there was no immediate threat to swimmers, they should use “common sense” when deciding whether it was safe to go back in the water.
He told ABC News: “He was right up on the beach, very close.”
The shark had been tracked by Ocearch for some time, having first been spotted in Nova Scotia – just off the east coast of Canada – late last year.
Researchers were not in need of a bigger boat to pull it from the water to tag it with a tracking device, which is how it was found in Long Island earlier this week.
Mr Fischer said the arrival of the shark, which the group has named Cabot after the Italian explorer John Cabot, who ventured to North America in 1497, was a good sign for marine life in the region.
He said it suggested there was an abundance of other fish, although presumably their numbers may dwindle somewhat if Cabot has his way with them.
“To see him that deep into the Sound, that is a fantastic sign for the region and really interesting development for us because we just haven’t seen them that deep into the Sound previously,” Mr Fischer told ABC News.
“It’s a really great sign for the Sound because these white sharks only go where there’s an abundant amount of life, where the water is in pretty good shape. That’s a real positive sign for the Sound there.”
Cabot has also been tracked to Florida since he was tagged by Ocearch, and he is now heading back north.
The group has traced him up towards Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island just south of Cape Cod, and expects him to eventually end up where they first found him in Nova Scotia.
Source: SKY NEWS