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New Jersey’s Clean Water Attracting Sharks, Whales & Dolphins

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It may be Shark Week on television, but the Garden State has had its fair share of shark sightings this summer as well! Experts say that the presence of sharks, whales and dolphins along the Jersey Shore is actually good news for the state! This means that our waters are clean! In fact, New Jersey ranks third for cleanest water out of 30 states that were surveyed by the National Resource Defense Council.

Captain Jeff Stuart man's the Cape May Whale Watcher which is New Jersey's premier whale watching vessel and he says that they have had over a 90% success rate when taking groups out to spot these massive mammals.

“We have a shark tournament here in Cape May every spring and they bring in makos that weigh two and three hundred pounds. We see basking sharks, we've seen quite a few hammerheads,” he said.

So why is this summer any different from others? Well the Garden State can thank last year's brutal winter temperatures for killing off bacteria along the shore and allowing more bunker fish to migrate to our waters which attracts the hungry whales, sharks and dolphins!

Captain Stuart said business came to a screeching halt last summer after Hurricane Sandy.

“We didn't have any damage whatsoever, but I think everybody in New Jersey was a little preoccupied with fixing their houses. Ya know it was horrible,” he recalled.

Captain Stuart says that beachgoers and boaters don't necessarily have to be too worried about a shark attacks.

“There are plenty of things in the ocean for them to eat other than people. It's not called Lake Atlantic, it's called the Atlantic Ocean, there are sharks in the ocean,” he said.

 

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