“This is a very highly unusual event. In fact, this is the only confirmed fatality in Maine waters from a shark attack.”
Commissioner Patrick Keliher, Maine Department of Marine Resources, on a great white shark attack that killed a 63-year-old swimmer.
- Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, was swimming with her daughter an estimated 20 yards off-shore when she was attacked Monday; her daughter swam back to shore unharmed.
- According to reports, Holowach summered in Maine, known in the local community and was swimming in a wet suit – kayakers helped her back to shore where she was declared dead.
- A tooth fragment determined a great white shark attack.
- NYT reports: Seal populations have grown in the area with federal protections, and the sharks follow the seals to feed.
- According to one database, this is only the second unprovoked shark attack sine 1837.
- Why It Matters: This is an extraordinarily rare event, especially in Maine, a state that normally doesn’t break into the top 3 of shark attacks in the United States (Florida, Hawaii and California).
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