Shark Attacks of the Jersey Shore: A History

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Every summer, thousands flock to the Jersey Shore for its beaches and boardwalks, but lurking in the depths beyond is a historic threat to tranquility. Dozens of shark attacks and interactions have occurred throughout Jersey Shore history that reveal bravery, heartbreak and the hubris of man. A boy paid a gruesome price for teasing a trapped shark in the first recorded attack in 1842. The three bloody attacks of 1960 left one man’s limb amputated. The horrific summer of 1916 included seven attacks in a two-week span and crafted the caricature of the killer shark that remains in popular culture today. Authors Patricia and Robert Heyer dive into the history of when two apex predators, man and shark, cross paths on the shores of New Jersey.
ISBN: 9781467144995
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: Disaster
Images: 39
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Local shore residents Patricia and Robert Heyer combine their mutual love of research with his biological background and her love of local history and storytelling. They can be reached at
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