Two beaches, Jones and East Atlantic beaches on Long Island, have been shut down after a 10-foot great white shark was tracked off Atlantic City, NJ, on Tuesday — while two more sharks were seen in the waters along the beaches.
The great white, famously dubbed Miss May by researchers, has been tracked by the non-profit group Ocearch since last year and showed up in the area Tuesday morning off the Jersey coast, the organization said.
“[email protected]_Shark is visiting some of @MaryLeeShark’s favorite stomping grounds. She is off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey,” said a posting on a Twitter account for Miss May set up by Ocearch amid her popularity.
It added that she was “N bound well offshore of @AtlanticCitycom.”
“MaryLeeShark” refers to another great white known for cruising the East Coast. She has her own Twitter account, too — and has been frightening New York and New Jersey residents for years with her travels around the area.
Meanwhile, a shark was spotted off Jones Beach at 3 p.m., closing down the shoreline, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran tweeted — along with footage of a dorsal fin cutting through the water.
Another shark was spotted Tuesday afternoon off nearby East Atlantic Beach, shutting down the municipality’s shoreline to swimming, also, according to the town of Hempstead in a tweet.
The sightings come a day after three suspected bull-shark sightings in the same Long Island area — and an attack by a great white shark in Maine that killed a New York City woman.