My interest in finding and identifying biological mysteries began while an undergraduate biology student. I was working as a volunteer intern with the Resources Management Division at the Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook. One hot and humid summer day a visitor came in to inquire about the identity of something strange they had … Continue reading Biological Mysteries
Based on the evidence there are several possibilities for finding the suspect responsible for the 1916 attacks. The four most likely possibilities are: A single juvenile Great White Shark was involved in all incidents. A single adult Bull Shark was involved in all incidents. A single Tiger Shark was involved in all incidents. A school … Continue reading What Shark Was Responsible for the 1916 Attacks.
Another shark was put up at the time as the culprit responsible for the attacks. This one was caught by Captain Thomas Cottrell. Here are a few notes on the Cottrell Shark. A photograph exists of the shark. It was reported to be a Blue Nose or Diamond Tooth species ( Bull Shark) It was … Continue reading Another Suspect in the 1916 Attacks
Some previous authors have come to the conclusion that the perpetrator of the series of attacks on the New Jersey Shore in 1916 was a Juvenile Great White. This shark was caught in the Raritan Bay by Michael Schleisser. Here are a few preliminary notes on the Schleisser shark, our first suspect. A photo exists … Continue reading A Look at a Prime Suspect in the 1916 Shark Attacks
So what was going on in the Atlantic off the Jersey Shore around the time of the 1916 attacks? In order to fully understand the incidents, we need to reconstruct the crime scene. Below are a few observations from the time of the attacks. Week of June 21- Large Channel Bass was caught at Beach … Continue reading Reconstructing the Crime Scene of the 1916 Shark Attacks
The shark attacks along the New Jersey Shore during the hot summer of 1916 are by far the most written about and studied shark incidents in history. So much has been written that I hesitated to add to the fray. But, with all that has been written much crucial evidence has been left out or … Continue reading Investigating the 1916 Jersey Shark Attacks
In 1921 this strange creature washed up on the shore in Cape May. Was it a whale or basking shark?