Embracing the Science of Shark Chasing

Greg Skomal, former lead scientist of the Massachusetts Fisheries’ Martha’s Vineyard station, has detected, inspected, dissected and protected just about every species of shark in the North Atlantic.

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Fascination Beats Fear in a Career Studying Great White Sharks

Renowned marine biologist Greg Skomal explores the complex relationship between humans and sharks in his new book Chasing Shadows: My Life Tracking the Great White Shark. Mr. Skomal’s passion was born in 1968 when, at six years old, he watched The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

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Shark Circles Vineyard Haven Harbor, Riveting Onlookers

The fin of a porbeagle shark spotted in the Vineyard Haven harbor drew a crowd of amazed onlookers Friday afternoon.

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Hammerheads About

It's hammer time!

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Sharks Arrive Early on South Beach

A trio of shark sightings near South Beach has pulled swimmers out of the water over the last few days.

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Monster Thresher Sharks Tip Scales in Oak Bluffs at Annual Tournament

A 393-pound thresher shark was caught on Friday in waters south of the Vineyard. The fish, caught by Allen Bradley of Weatherfield Conn., was a record breaker for that species in the 14th annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament.

A total of 82 boats from all along the Eastern Seaboard showed up for two intense days of fishing. They started fishing early in the morning and quit by 3:30 p.m. Most of the boats were home by late afternoon.

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World Record Blue Shark Caught

A huge 454-pound blue shark was caught during the tenth annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament held over the weekend. The shark could be the largest blue ever caught, a world record.

The shark was caught by Pete Bergin of Shrewsbury in his boat Quality Time. Mr. Bergin's boat was one of 65 participating in the Boston Big Game Fishing Club's annual event. Competing boats filled the Oak Bluffs waterfront for most of the weekend. On Friday and Saturday a large number of fish were caught, and even more were released.

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Blue Shark's Bite Gashes Arm of Man in Island Tournament

A man participating in this weekend's Oak Bluffs Monster Shark tournament was injured Friday afternoon when a blue shark bit him on the forearm.

Peter Phillips, 36, of Taunton was fishing more than 10 miles off the Island's South Shore in the boat Sea Tern when he landed a large blue shark, tournament officials said. When he attempted to bring the shark on board the boat, Mr. Phillips was struck on his outstretched forearm.

"Apparently, the shark just lunged out at him," Edgartown deputy police chief Paul Condlin said.

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South Beach Reopens After Shark Sighting

South Beach has reopened after a shark sighting closed the popular Edgartown beach to swimming earlier Tuesday. Edgartown parks department director Jessica McGroarty said that the sighting occurred at 12:15 p.m.

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Brown Shark Tagging on the Vineyard Aids National Research Efforts
Will Sennott

A small group of Vineyard fishermen are participating in a brown shark tagging operation as part of a longstanding national study.

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