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Woman killed in apparent shark attack while swimming in Maine.


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Just saw this on the news this morning :(

Apparently there were or they are investigating some shark sightings in Long Beach Long Island too. Beach might be closed today.
 

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I find it interesting that the writer used the wording "unprovoked shark attack." Normally in Maine are there provoked shark attacks?
 

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They are going to need a bigger boat....
 

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This is not very far from where I live. Bailey Island is on the end of Rt 24, which goes out of Brunswick. Scary stuff. We don't go to the beach too often, but definitely makes one think again!
 

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I know. In Maine (usually one of the world's quietest places news wise!) there was a tornado, a manhunt, and a fatal shark attack all yesterday. As nutso as Missouri is right now (no, Bubba...the vaccine is not the government trying to microchip you!) I'm kind of glad I wasn't in Maine yesterday. YIKES!
 

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Don't blame the shark. It was only being a shark, and doing what sharks do.

The linked article doesn't say the gorey details, but if others were able to help her to shore and she was receiving aid when she died, chances are it wasn't so much a shark "attack" as it was a shark "what does this taste like?" curiosity bite. Sharks tend to "taste bite" things, and spit out what isn't a normal food source. Unfortunately for humans, that one bite can be fatal, because it usually comes on a leg or midsection, where we happen to have large arteries and organs that tend to bleed out pretty quickly. My guess is this is what happened to this poor woman.

If it had been a true "attack," the shark would have repeatedly bit hard and chewed vigorously, rendering the poor woman quite dead, right there in the water. My guess (unsubstantiated, of course), is the shark did a quick taste bite, and the woman reacted accordingly. Others helped her to shore (no way to know how far they were from her when she was bitten), where the sad ending occurred. This article says she was "wading in the water," but another article says she was swimming. It says "nearby kayakers" helped her to shore, so she was apparently in water deep enough to have paddlers around. The other article says Great White sharks are known to live along the coast there, and remains of a seal carcass was found on another beach, with a 19-inch bite radius, signs of a fairly large shark. White sharks feed on seals, who are often taken in the shallows right off the beach, when the seal is coming or going from shore. So my extrapolation is the unfortunate woman was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still not enough details to really know the facts at this time, but my guess is that this was a case of mistaken identity - the shark did a taste bite, and moved on. The woman, sadly, did not survive.

Sad situation, all around. But not the shark's fault.

Dave
 

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To be...or not... a shark has got to shark...
 

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Sharks are known for test bite first, ask questions later. Not good outcome for the test subjects.
 

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@MommaBear I'd forgotten you lived in Harpswell. Thinking of your community. I'm sure there's a lot of fear down on the waterfront right now.
 

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I bring a Velcro belt strap in my beach bag just in case.....
 

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NYC woman killed by shark in Maine 'just started
screaming': neighbor.


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Don't blame the shark. It was only being a shark, and doing what sharks do.

The linked article doesn't say the gorey details, but if others were able to help her to shore and she was receiving aid when she died, chances are it wasn't so much a shark "attack" as it was a shark "what does this taste like?" curiosity bite. Sharks tend to "taste bite" things, and spit out what isn't a normal food source. Unfortunately for humans, that one bite can be fatal, because it usually comes on a leg or midsection, where we happen to have large arteries and organs that tend to bleed out pretty quickly. My guess is this is what happened to this poor woman.

If it had been a true "attack," the shark would have repeatedly bit hard and chewed vigorously, rendering the poor woman quite dead, right there in the water. My guess (unsubstantiated, of course), is the shark did a quick taste bite, and the woman reacted accordingly. Others helped her to shore (no way to know how far they were from her when she was bitten), where the sad ending occurred. This article says she was "wading in the water," but another article says she was swimming. It says "nearby kayakers" helped her to shore, so she was apparently in water deep enough to have paddlers around. The other article says Great White sharks are known to live along the coast there, and remains of a seal carcass was found on another beach, with a 19-inch bite radius, signs of a fairly large shark. White sharks feed on seals, who are often taken in the shallows right off the beach, when the seal is coming or going from shore. So my extrapolation is the unfortunate woman was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still not enough details to really know the facts at this time, but my guess is that this was a case of mistaken identity - the shark did a taste bite, and moved on. The woman, sadly, did not survive.

Sad situation, all around. But not the shark's fault.

Dave
Right. While I have no idea what this woman was wearing, my advice would be to not go wading or swimming close to shore on the Atlantic Coast disguised as a seal! No dark colored bathing or wet suit, water shoes or flippers! While I was born and raised in Florida, I also grew up spending some summers in Maine where my parents owned a house out from Ellsworth overlooking Mt Desert Island. None of us could ever do more than a quick swish of a foot in the water as it was so cold even in July/August. I adore Maine! Wish I was there right now!
 
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