Are There Great White Sharks In Long Island Sound?

Are There Great White Sharks In Long Island Sound - Long Island Sound Lighthouse

Your reason for asking if there are great white sharks in in Long Island Sound, maybe because you are worried about coming into contact with a great white shark when swimming on one of the Long Island beaches.

On the other hand you may like the idea of seeing one of these magnificent creatures. If you would like to see a great white shark close-up, see below about booking on a liveaboard from Mexico or on the MV Horizon liveaboard that leaves from San Diego to cage dive with great white sharks.

There are definitely great white sharks in Long Island Sound, as white sharks tracked by Ocearch shows that three of their tagged white sharks have visited the sound, including Cabot, Montauk and Scotia. The last ping of a tracked great white shark in Long Island Sound was on 18th October 2019.

The reason why Long Island Sound is visited by great white sharks is because the water temperature stays above 14.8°C (55.8°F) in May through to 14.6°C (56.8°F) in November, with a high of around 24.7°C (74.9°F) in August time. The sea temperature in the sound drops to below 12°C (56.8°) in December through April.

Great white sharks prefer water temperatures between 12-24°C (54-75 °F), which means they may visit Long Island Sound between the months of May and November each year when water temperatures in the sound are within this range.

The white sharks won’t be feeding on the harbour seals that migrate to Long Island Sound, as the seals leave the sound for Canada and Maine in March before the waters warm up, and then they return to the sound in December when the waters are too cold for great white sharks.

However, the great white sharks will be feeding on bait fish such as the Atlantic menhaden fish, which is now a protected species after a bill was signed to protect it against the fisheries. This has meant a rise in the number of white sharks off the east coast of America that often migrate down the east coast of America past Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Great white sharks in Long Island Sound

  1. Great white shark Scotia: Scotia white shark was last pinged in Long Island Sound on 18th October 2019 just off from New Haven between Morgan Point and South End Point.
  2. Great white shark Cabot: Cabot white shark was last pinged in Long Island Sound on 21 May 2019 in Captain Harbour, near Greenwich. Cabot white shark ventured the furthest into the sound of all three great white sharks.
  3. Great white shark Montauk: Montauk white shark was last pinged in Long Island Sound on 24 September 2016 in the middle of the sound directly off Guilford and south of Falkner Island.
Great white shark Scotia - Long Island Sound
Great white shark Scotia tracked pings – Long Island Sound – image courtesy of Ocearch

Great white shark Scotia in Long Island Sound

Great white shark Scotia was an 11′ 1″ (3.38 metre) female white shark weighing 767lbs (348kg) when she was first tagged, and she was classed at the time as a sub-adult shark. She was first tagged on 1 October 2019 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, hence the name.

The following image shows the ping from white shark Scotia off from Morgan Point, East Haven.

Great white shark Scotia - Long Island Sound - Near Morgan Point
Great white shark Scotia – Long Island Sound – Near Morgan Point – image courtesy of Ocearch
Great white shark Cabot - Long Island Sound
Great white shark Cabot – Long Island Sound – image courtesy of Ocearch

Great white shark Cabot in Long Island Sound

Great white shark Cabot is an 9′ 9″ (2.97 metre) male white shark weighing 551lbs (250kg) when he was first tagged, and he was classed at the time as a sub-adult shark. He was first tagged on 5 October 2018 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

The following image shows the pings from white shark Cabot south of Salt Rock off from Todd Point and then in Greenwich Cove just off from Cedar Cliff Road north of Inner Cove Rock.

Great white shark Cabot - Long Island Sound - Todd Point Captain Harbor
Pings of White shark Cabot off Guilford in Long Island Sound – image courtesy of Ocearch

Video about great white shark Cabot in Long Island Sound

Great White Shark tracked in Long Island Sound
For the first time ever, one group of researchers tracked a Great White Shark in the Long Island Sound. OCEARCH says the shark, named Cabot, was located less than a mile off the shore from Greenwich just before 9 a.m. on Monday. Cabot measures at 9 feet, 8 inches and weighs about 530 pounds. Since this report, the last track for the shark was on the south side of Long Island. So, it’s moved out of the Sound and into the Atlantic off the coast of Long Island.
Great white shark Montauk - Long Island Sound
Great white shark Montauk – Long Island Sound – image courtesy of Ocearch

Great white shark Montauk in Long Island Sound

Great white shark Montauk is a small 4′ 8″ (1.42 metre) female white shark weighing 55lbs (25kg) when she was first tagged, and she was classed at the time as a young of year shark. She was first tagged on 18 August 2016 at Montauk, NY, hence the name.

The last ping from Montauk in Long Island Sound was on 24th September 2016 just south of Falkner Island directly off from Guildford.

Report about sharks at Long Island Beach from Fox News

https://youtu.be/BhwL4jcAfyc
Long Island shark worries
More shark sightings have closed beaches on Long Island.

If you are surprised about great white sharks in Long Island Sound, you may also be interested to read other places where great white sharks can be found, some places were a big surprise to me: Where Do You Find Great White Sharks (A Few Big Surprises!).

Finally, a video of a dead sub-adult great white shark that washed up on a Long Island beach.

Shark’s body washes up in Long Island after sightings close beaches | Morning in America
The body of what appears to be a great white shark, with its jaw open and teeth bared, washed up on a Long Island, New York shore on Wednesday morning, police said. This comes as there has been an increase in shark sightings across the nation.

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Are There Great White Sharks In Long Island Sound?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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