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Shark Week started in New Jersey

Shark Week started in New Jersey
BY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

This week kicks off Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week—but what many might not realize is that the infatuation with these gigantic jagged-toothed tyrants of the sea originated decades ago here in New Jersey, where for the first time in recorded history, two were publicly severed in an attack.

A tragic accident in the Lower New York Bay left The New York Times raving "Science Admits Its Error," one headline read, "No Longer Doubted that Big Fish Attack Men."

On a fateful summer day in 1916, 11-year-old basket factory worker Lester Stillwell ventured to Matawan Creek with others to relieve some mid-summer heat. Onlookers witnessed a “shadow-like” form emerge from underneath the surface and drag the boy into the creek’s depths, according to WNYC.

The shark claimed another victim that day when 24-year-old Stanley Fisher plunged below the surface to recover the boy’s body and never emerged.

Although this infamous historical event took place decades ago when knowledge of marine life was vastly more limited than today, the fascination with these deadly creatures of the sea still exists—as well as a rare, pending threat for some unlucky swimmers.

The Guardian reports, according to Paul Sieswerda, the head of Gotham Whale volunteer marine wildlife tracking group, that there has been a surge of whales and great white sharks off the coasts of New York and New Jersey this year.

 

Ridgewood has a rat problem

Ridgewood has a rat problem
BY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Unwanted intruders are plaguing residents of Ridgewood, N.J.. Before the first complaint was issued on July 18 these mischievous trespassers have been wreaking hav...

New Jersey Paving Way for Driverless Cars

New Jersey Paving Way for Driverless Cars
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Many of us are less than thrilled with traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, and assorted other not-so-favorite roadways across the state. But how would you feel if you g...

New Jersey's clean and dirty beaches

New Jersey's clean and dirty beaches
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Natural Resource Defense Council report on United States beach water quality is out, and results are mixed for New Jersey.

Our overall water quality is good, but fiv...

6 Reasons to Have a Rain Barrel in New Jersey

6 Reasons to Have a Rain Barrel in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from the roof of your home — and to basically recycle it.

These barrels can present a number of benefits to a community. And t...

NJ Weather Forecast: Tropical conditions coming

NJ Weather Forecast: Tropical conditions coming
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. WEATHER

Isolated thunderstorms a threat to start the week

While most locations throughout the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas will start the...

UPDATE: Anaconda snake on a lake puts Hopatcong, New Jersey on the map

UPDATE: Anaconda snake on a lake puts Hopatcong, New Jersey on the map
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Despite what many people have reported, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection believes there is no Anaconda snake in Hopatcong Lake.

There have been seve...

NJ Weekend Weather Forecast: Not looking Top 10

NJ Weekend Weather Forecast: Not looking Top 10
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. WEATHER

Polar high pressure will shift over the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas Friday before settling over the western Atlantic for the ne...

Buzz Aldrin Becoming More Famous For Punching Wise Guy

Buzz Aldrin Becoming More Famous For Punching Wise Guy
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are groups out there who believe that the NASA moon landings that started 45 years ago never actually happened and were elaborate hoaxes.

Buzz Aldrin, now 84, walk...

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