Shark expert says Boothbay Harbor shark likely a great white

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BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Lots of people have seen the video of a shark off Boothbay Harbor, but was it a Great White shark?

The video was shot last week by a local lobsterman, showing the large shark eating the remains of a whale, a few miles out to sea from Boothbay Harbor. The Boothbay Register, the local newspaper which first posted the video on its website, , reports that it showed the video to a shark expert from the Discovery Channel who confirmed that it is a Great White. And the manager of the Maine State Aquarium ---who has studied sharks at sea -- told NEWS CENTER that she, too, thinks it could actually be a great white.

Amy Hayden Roderiques says it would be unusual for the midcoast to see a Great White, but that they do sometimes come this far north.

Hayden-Roderiques says Great White sharks are normally not found so close to shore as this one appears to have been. However, she says it could have been lured into the area by food it was following, as well as the currently warm water of the Gulf of Maine. Hayden-Roederiques says that shark probably didn't stay around the area. She says it would be far more likely to have eaten its fill of the whale carcass, and then moved on to another area. She also says the shark is unlikely to pose a danger to humans in the area.

Several species of sharks are common in the Gulf of Maine during the summer. Charter boat skipper Dan Stevens of Boothbay Harbor says he saw many sharks during a trip on Sunday. Stevens says his customers actually lost about fifteen fish to sharks. He said they were catching cod and haddock, and the sharks would swim up and grab the fish as they were being reeled in.

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