So much for swimming in Ocean Shores on the north side of Gray's Harbor..

So much for swimming in Ocean Shores on the north side of Gray's Harbor...
southwest of Seattle.

Great White

While the ocean vessel 'Dawn Raider' was commercial fishing for dogfish, this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15 minutes  before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for one of the crew members to slip a rope a round it's tail !!! 'And that's when the shit hit the fan!!

 The Shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat backwards through the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS, the boat was taking on water over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on for an hour before the shark finally drown ed. She weighed in at 1035 LBS. It is suspected she followed a weak El Nino current into local waters in search of food.  Although mid 60 degree water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s. 

The Ocean Shores' Great White Shark Hoax 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2005 : - - There is a  good story that has been circulated on the Internet about a large Great White Shark that towed a vessel backwards after being tail looped. The story, a hoax, is posted below. In fact the photographs (above and below) are of a large short-fin Mako shark that was captured off of Nova Scotia.

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The close up of the sharks head and mouth clearly show lower dentition that is narrow and pointed, which are characteristics of the Mako shark, unlike the broad, somewhat triangularly serrated teeth of a white shark.

Ralph S. Collier, of the Shark Research Committee has kindly provided the link to the Urban Legends page outlining this particular hoax entitled Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: Urban Legend based on This Years Shark Scramble Catch.

More images of the real event are to be found at the Florida Museaum of Natural History Ichthyology Department and this provided by a Surfersvillage visitor after noticing the hoax story..... Thank you Anonymous.


Had you going for a little while!

7 responses
snicker* good one
Ha - I enjoyed that! I like when life imitates art. I'm sure if it were real, I would have seen it on the NBC nightly news or something.
Received this in email. My son lives near there so It caught my interest. It almost got me also.
It was a hoax back in 2005 and just made it back around in my email.
After living in Hawaii, I would never go swimming in the ocean up here. Too damned cold!
I'm sure there is a polar bear club up there. When I was 19, I skinny dipped in a glacier lake on Vancouver Island. Then there was winter surfing in Santa Cruz, and a few other bone-chilling experiences.
Not sure how I handled the water in Santa Cruz, even. Of course, it was summer and I have a few less pain receptors. ;)