Friday, May 6, 2011

Great white shark spotted off of Martha's Vineyard

Great white shark spotted off of Martha's Vineyard: "A great white shark was spotted this morning off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard by a group of fishermen, officials said.

The shark, which was confirmed as a great white by a state expert, was circling the carcass of a minke whale off of Gay Head, said Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Jeff Lynch of Chilmark, a commercial fisherman who sails out of Menemsha, said he was headed out to go mackerel fishing this morning with two friends when they spotted the dead whale, then saw the great white swimming around underneath it.

“The funny thing is I was going mackerel fishing to get shark bait,” he said."