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On July 27, around 3:30 p.m, a swimmer off Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine was killed by a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The species was identifed based on witness accounts and on a tooth fragment found in the victim’s wounds. It is likely the shark mistook the victim as a seal, a typical prey source. As seal populations have recovered in the North East United States large predators, such as white shark, have followed.

The only other recorded unprovoked bite in Maine was in 2010. A diver off Burnt Cove Maine, had his camera bitten by an estimated 8 ft Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus).