Ogunquit, Maine Shark Sighting

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Sophie and her dad were surfing off of Ogunquit Beach when her boyfriend, Matt, snapped these incredible pix of a 6-8 foot shark in their background. Photo by: Matt Testa
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Paddlers in Maine captured an up close and personal encounter with a 6-8 foot shark this past weekend.  There has been much in the news about the abundance of shark activity on Cape Cod with a few shark attacks making headlines in recent years.

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Ever get that prickly feeling on the back of your neck? Photo by: Matt Testa

Shark’s in the NorthEast:  Stay Cool & Stay Aware

We know they’re around.  The ocean is their territory. Cape Cod, MA has had a few shark attacks in recent years including Cleveland Bigelow’s near miss where he wound up giving his board to the Great White Shark Conservancy so they could measure the teeth marks (true story!) and do some research.

As far north as Maine is less common for shark sightings, but Matt Testa captured these photos of a car-sized shark lurking in the background while his gal Sophie and her dad were catching some waves in Ogunquit.  Here’s what they had to say:

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Sophie charging on a solid sized swell off of Ogunquit Beach blithely unaware that an apex predator was also enjoying the waves. Photo by: Matt Testa

Photographer’s Remarks:  Matt Testa Tells the Tale

This last Friday, September 20th, I took these photos of my girlfriend and her father surfing at Ogunquit Beach in Maine. We are unsure of the shark species, but my girlfriend, who got a very close look said,

“It was so close I could have touched. it.  It was at least the size of my car.”

Our question is:  What size vehicle is she driving?

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Sophie and her dad were surfing off of Ogunquit Beach when her boyfriend, Matt, snapped these incredible pix of a 6-8 foot shark in their background. Photo by: Matt Testa

Both Sophie and her dad made it safely to shore.  Staying calm and paddling in is always the immediate and right thing to do.  Most times, shark are not interested in us but looking for the fattier meat of seals swimming in the waters.  However, best to not mess with becoming a case of mistaken identity!

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.