VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A research group studying shark populations in the mid-Atlantic hooked two sizable great whites near Virginia Beach on consecutive days.
On Friday, an 8.5 foot immature male white was hauled-in 6 miles east of First Landing State Park.
Another great white was hooked much closer to the shore — about 3.5 miles off of Sandbridge. At the same time, researchers also caught a 4 foot spinner shark.
The great white was estimated to be 12 or 13 feet length, and reportedly made “a mess” of that station’s line. According to the Facebook post, this was “one that got away” as researchers were unable to get the shark aboard their boat.
Each shark that’s caught is measured, sexed, tagged and released, according to the institute.
Researchers say this survey — which was established in 1973 — helped bring attention to shark populations that were declining because of overfishing.