Subject: Cape Lookout Shark
Cape Lookout Shark Cape Lookout is but a hop skip and jump from Morehead City. So much for swimming at the Cape.
Morehead City, NC: While the vessel 'Dawn Raider' out of Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, NC was fishing for Striped Bass (also locally known as Stripers), this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15 minutes before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for one of the crew members to slip a rope a round it's tail !!! 'And that's when things heated up!!
The Shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat backwards through the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS, the boat was taking on water over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on for an hour before the shark finally drowned being towed backward. She weighed in at 1035 LBS.
It is suspected she followed a weak El Nino current into local waters in search of food. Although mid 60 degree water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s.
Atlantic Beach, NC