20-Foot Great White Spotted Off Martha’s Vineyard

Someone recently told me they don’t eat shark for karmic reasons. It’s starting to make more sense, and these guys might want to consider it, too.

A great white shark lurking one mile off a Martha’s Vineyard beach on Friday had some local fishermen quoting the line from the classic movie Jaws: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The monster was about 20 feet long and circling a dead whale as it turned toward their tiny center-console outboard, said captain Jeff Lynch of Chilmark.

“To see something that big was crazy. It was as big as my boat. It had to weigh a ton or more,” Lynch told the Herald. But the beast’s width was just as frightening. “The girth of it was impressive,” said boat-mate Will Farrissey. “I’ve never seen anything that big.”

The two were out mackerel fishing off Gay Head when they spotted a dead 17-foot minke whale tangled in lobster lines. Out of the deep came the enormous great white that kept probing the whale but never chomped down — possibly sensing it was long dead. “We waited for it to eat the whale, but it kept circling, nudging and bumping the whale,” Farrissey said.

The crew left Menemsha Harbor at 6 a.m. in a 23-foot boat Sea Ox and headed out to sea to fish for bait…to use to lure sharks, ironically. That’s when the 28-year-old Lynch started snapping photos with his cell phone after the Coast Guard asked him to record the amazing encounter. State environmental officials confirmed this is the first sighting of a great white this season. The whale was towed to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to be examined. “It’s going to be a good summer,” said Lynch, a shark fisherman.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com.

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