grenx1, October 2, 2007 (view all comments by grenx1)
Now, I haven't read this book... yet.
To my understanding however, the shark involved in this series of attacks is generally believed to have been a Bull shark.
I believe it is true that the great hunt spurred by the attacks may have produced a Great White off shore somewhere (one that may or may not have had partial human remains in its belly) but Bulls were also caught, and the M.O. fits that of a Bull shark -- especially the inland travel up the Matawan river and the relentless feeding pattern.
Great White attacks on humans rarely ever go beyond exploratory bites... 'nibbles', if you will. And while these are bad enough, they do not typically constitute the kind of predation that is said to have happened there in 1916. People aren't meaty enough for these sharks. Bulls, on the other hand, are the sharks most commonly known to attack humans in shallow water, and most likely to come back for more.
Doesn't anybody watch "Shark Week" on the Discovery channel each summer? Just wondering.
Thanks, * Glenn
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