MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Don’t be surprised if someday you see a fin further out in Long Island Sound.
“They are everywhere,” says Megan Priede works with Fish and Invertebrates at Mystic Aquarium. “Especially Great Whites. They are actually a lot more common than you might expect them to be.”
The young Great White named Montauk was tagged by Ocearch August 18th. A map on the research group’s website shows she was pinged near Guilford last month.
“I’m not overly surprised,” says Priede. “It is I think less common for them to go actually into the Sound. But we do have lots sightings right off our coast, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.
Especially on Cape Cod where warnings go out almost every August.
Zion Palmieri who is visiting Mystic Aquarium from Indiana says they don’t have sharks from where he comes. “Ahh no,” he says.
Young visitors at the aquarium are happy to see sharks in that controlled environment.
“They’re cool,” says Emma Lathrop of Bolton.
Jonathan Stake of East Windsor doesn’t know where Long Island Sound is. “No,” he says.
But those who do, don’t expect to see a Great White in those waters.
“At that point you’re wondering what they’re there for,” says Katelyn Maynard of Massachusetts. “What they’re looking for?”
“I would stay…” Michael Resko of Groton describes what he would do if he saw a shark. “I would stay calm and I would stay brave.”
“Where it pinged is just so happens that that’s the one that has a tag,” says Priede. “There could be many of them in there that don’t have tags that we don’t even know about. So it is perfectly harmless. They’re more afraid of us than we are of them.”
Even the Sand Tigers and Nurse Sharks at the aquarium can grow up to fourteen feet long and you’re more likely to see one of those sharks or a Maco Shark in Long Island Sound than a Great White.