Saturday, July 25, 2009

Is this a Great White? - Part two

There's a hushed rumor floating around the sport shark fishing community in New Jersey about a recent sport take of the Great White during last months 29th annual South Jersey Shark Tournament.

This image has been attributed to the tournament.

Is it a juvenile white shark?

12 comments:

Tom said...

Could be salmon shark.

Sharky said...

There are no salmon sharks in NJ.

TheDorsalFin said...

Yeah, not likely a Salmon shark, since they are unique to the northern Pacific.

Shark Diver said...

hard to tell, we come across quite a few white shark pups in Ensenada at the fish market. By the time we see them they look like this:

http://sharkdivers.blogspot.com/2008/07/ensenada-fish-market-mexico-yoy.html

If it is a white shark pup it is one small pup.

TheDorsalFin said...

The NJFW (New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife) Evidence tag seems to confirm that it is, indeed, a white shark pup. Are any sharks other than white sharks protected species in NJ waters?

TheDorsalFin said...

...or at least confirms that somebody thinks it looks enough like white shark to tag it as evidence.

If it's not a white shark pup, what are the other possible suspects?

Sharky said...

If this is a White Shark, someone should have their boat confiscated.

Shark Diver said...

There's a hefty fine for sure, these animals are protected. The story goes something like this.

Shark tourney wraps for the day with vessels coming back. Boat comes to the weigh in dock and says "got this here mako, weigh it".

The dock master sees the critter and says "wait right there", 10 minutes later Fish and Wildlife is there and all hell breaks loose.

Must be a white, just hard to tell with that image.

At least that's the story.

Anonymous said...

Porbeagle?

TheDorsalFin said...

The Porbeagle has a tell-tale white spot at the rear-base of the dorsal fin, which doesn't appear to be present in the picture.

Anonymous said...

THAT IS A GREAT WHITE

Kouprey said...

I think it could be a small longfin mako shark. But I am not sure about it...