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Scientists Say Sharks Seen off Maine Are Likely Basking Sharks, Not Great Whites

Jun 22, 2015

Portland Press Herald: Marine scientists in Maine who read about three possible great white shark sightings over the weekend along the state’s southern coast said Monday that the sharks were more likely filter-feeding basking sharks. 

Adam Baukus, a research associate at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, agreed that while it’s possible people saw great whites over the weekend, it’s not likely.

“It probably, more realistically, is a basking shark. They are more common,” Baukus said. “There are certainly more basking sharks to be seen.”