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Shark Spotted in Dighton, Harmless

DIGHTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A shark was spotted in the Taunton River in Dighton Wednesday evening.

Harbormaster Ronald Marino told us that he received a call from the local police department to go out and investigate an apparent shark sighting in the harbor.  This happened Wednesday at about 6:15 p.m.

“When I got on scene there was definitely a very large shark which had beached itself on a sandbar and the shark was about 10 to 12 feet long.  The tide was incoming at the time so within a half-hour he was able to free himself and swim out into the channel. Haven’t seen him since,” explains Marino.

While he was on his boat the Environmental Police Department called him and they spoke.  “We thought based on its dorsal fin and tail we thought it was a sand tiger shark, but as it turns out the Division of Marine Fisheries identified it as a basking shark.  Not harmful to people, it’s a plankton eater,”  says Marino, “First one that has been reported to me.  First one that I’ve gone out on as a result of a direct report.   We had a beluga whale out there a month ago, and couple weeks ago we had porpoises.”

The reason there have been this many sightings lately is the water temperatures in the river have warmed up and there’s lots of bait fish.    “This shark probably just got lost as it was feeding.  But they’re not normal to this area, and usually found in very deep water.   They can grow up to 20-30 feet,” adds Marino.

Marino’s own 14-year-old son, Mark Marino, was on another boat when they spotted the basking shark.  He was able to take photos and videos of the experience.

This sighting comes after a Great White shark was spotted near Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury by a State Police helicopter on Monday.  In that incident swimmers were ordered out of the water.  No one was hurt.

photos courtesy Mark Marino

photos courtesy Mark Marino

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