More seals means learning to live with sharks in New England

A seal pokes his head out of the water in Casco Bay.
A seal pokes his head out of the water in Casco Bay.(Robert F. Bukaty | AP)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:15 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:29 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought more human encounters with sharks.

Seals are a favorite prey of large sharks such as the great white. Authorities say the death this week of swimmer Julie Dimperio Holowach, who was killed by a great white off Harpswell, Maine, might have happened because the shark mistook her for a seal.

Swimmers off the New England states have learned to be more mindful of sharks in recent years due to a spate of sightings of great whites.

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