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The victim died on the scene; the other woman was not injured. “Shark interactions with humans are very rare in Maine,” the expert says, per the Press-Herald.
“My guess is that the person was mistaken as a food item. In this area of Maine and depending on how close to shore the event occurred, my guess is it was a [great] white shark.”
He says more great white sharks are migrating north to Maine from Cape Cod as the hunt for food around the cape gets more competitive.
A seal was attacked by a shark nearby on Sunday; the 19-inch bite mark left on the animal could only have been made by a shark at least 11 feet long, the expert says. It may have been the same shark that attacked the swimmer the following day.
Maine Marine Patrol is urging swimmers to use caution in the area, and to avoid swimming near schools of fish as they can attract sharks.