Increased Shark Activity Off NJ and Atlantic City: Here’s Why

It’s not anecdotal, it’s true…there is a noticeable increase in shark activity in New Jersey (globally), as well as southern New Jersey and the Atlantic City area.

Don’t take my word for it.

OCEARCH, is a highly respected organization that meticulously maps shark activity.

Over the past 9 years, OCEARCH has tagged 83 sharks along the East Coast.

It’s not complicated. The reason there have been a number of shark sightings off Atlantic City, Toms River and many other South Jersey waters is because the ocean temperature is warming.

This has brought the sharks closer than ever, as warming waters cause the sharks to migrate north.

In late April 2022, OCEARCH tagged a 1,000 pound great white shark off the Jersey Shore.

We recently wrote about “Freya”, an 880 pound shark spotted in both Atlantic City and Toms River, New Jersey.

If you missed it, here’s a link to our coverage on “Freya.”

Read more: 880-pound shark stings off Toms River, New Jersey

Many ocean scientists have concluded that if ocean water continues its current warming pattern, sightings of sharks in once rare areas will become commonplace in the future.

It seems inevitable that we will see more of this increased shark activity in the southern New Jersey area now and for the foreseeable future.

This is specifically a comment on the 11-12 foot, 800-1000 pound large sharks.


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