Ogunquit, Maine Shark Sighting

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Sophie and her dad were surfing off of Ogunquit Beach when her boyfriend, Matt, snapped these incredible pix of a 6-8 foot shark in their background. Photo by: Matt Testa
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Paddlers in Maine captured an up close and personal encounter with a 6-8 foot shark this past weekend.  There has been much in the news about the abundance of shark activity on Cape Cod with a few shark attacks making headlines in recent years.

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Ever get that prickly feeling on the back of your neck? Photo by: Matt Testa

Shark’s in the NorthEast:  Stay Cool & Stay Aware

We know they’re around.  The ocean is their territory. Cape Cod, MA has had a few shark attacks in recent years including Cleveland Bigelow’s near miss where he wound up giving his board to the Great White Shark Conservancy so they could measure the teeth marks (true story!) and do some research.

As far north as Maine is less common for shark sightings, but Matt Testa captured these photos of a car-sized shark lurking in the background while his gal Sophie and her dad were catching some waves in Ogunquit.  Here’s what they had to say:

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Sophie charging on a solid sized swell off of Ogunquit Beach blithely unaware that an apex predator was also enjoying the waves. Photo by: Matt Testa

Photographer’s Remarks:  Matt Testa Tells the Tale

This last Friday, September 20th, I took these photos of my girlfriend and her father surfing at Ogunquit Beach in Maine. We are unsure of the shark species, but my girlfriend, who got a very close look said,

“It was so close I could have touched. it.  It was at least the size of my car.”

Our question is:  What size vehicle is she driving?

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Sophie and her dad were surfing off of Ogunquit Beach when her boyfriend, Matt, snapped these incredible pix of a 6-8 foot shark in their background. Photo by: Matt Testa

Both Sophie and her dad made it safely to shore.  Staying calm and paddling in is always the immediate and right thing to do.  Most times, shark are not interested in us but looking for the fattier meat of seals swimming in the waters.  However, best to not mess with becoming a case of mistaken identity!

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.