Tiger shark washes up on Nantucket; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy reviews new detection knowledge


A big tiger shark washed up on a Nantucket seaside this week, a “really unique” incident this early within the season for the nice and cozy water species, a number one shark researcher tells the Herald.

The useless shark, estimated to be round 8 toes lengthy, was swept out to sea at Tom Nevers Seashore earlier than the apex predator might be secured by beachgoers.

If anybody sees the tiger shark once more, researcher John Chisholm desires to know.

“We want to find this shark to do a necropsy and figure out what happened to it,” Chisholm, who’s with the New England Aquarium and confirms shark sightings for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, informed the Herald.

“Did someone offshore catch it and release it? Did it travel north in a warm water eddy and then succumb to the cold waters?” he requested.

Juvenile tiger sharks have been noticed alongside Nantucket later within the season in previous years, Chisholm mentioned. It’s fairly uncommon to see a bigger tiger shark on the island, particularly this time of the yr, he added.

“This is really, really unique,” Chisholm mentioned. “The bigger ones are usually down off the (Northeast) Canyons where the water is warmer in July and August.”

Latest analysis has discovered that tiger sharks are migrating farther north every year due to hotter oceans, he famous.

Whereas waters off the Northeast have traditionally been too chilly for tiger sharks, temps have warmed considerably lately and at the moment are appropriate for tiger sharks, in line with researchers.

“They’re definitely on my radar due to the increasing water temperatures,” Chisholm mentioned.

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