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Shark that killed New York woman off Maine was great white

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 12:45 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2020 at 11:38 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say the shark that killed a woman in a rare attack off the state’s coast was a great white, the shark that served as the inspiration for the movie Jaws.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says the shark bite killed 63-year-old Julie Dimperio Holowach, of New York City.

The shark fatally bit Holowach off Bailey Island on Monday while she was swimming.

The marine patrol said a witness saw Holowach swimming when she was injured. Two kayakers then helped her get to shore, and an ambulance provided further assistance, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Scientists were able to later identify the shark as a great white using a tooth fragment. Great whites aren’t common in Maine, which is the northern tip of their range, but recent summers have brought reports of sightings of the giant fish.

A New England shark expert says there has only been one unprovoked shark attack recorded in Maine.

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