NJ 101.5: Great White Sharks Not Uncommon in NJ

A photo of a great white shark taken off the coast of Mexico.
Photo by Ken Bondy.

When people think of sharks in the waters off the coast of New Jersey, generally they think of nurse sharks, mako sharks, sand sharks and others. But, the state is actually a breeding ground for great white sharks.

“Not only are great white sharks out there, but baby great whites are born in the back bay waters in the early spring in New Jersey and then they move out to open sea,” said Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

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