“You’re gonna` need a bigger boat.”
This Spring Break I took a trip with my sister to Beach Haven West. It’s a little area off of the major island Long Beach Island in NJ (exit 63 off the parkway). I’ve been going there since I was 3 and never before did I realize LBI was famous for anything until Discovery Channel aired one of its Shark Week videos in 2009.
Ever see the movie Jaws? Yeah, well it’s based off of the shark attacks that took place off the shores of LBI.
“Between July 1 and July 12, 1916, five people were attacked along the coast of New Jersey by sharks; only one of the victims survived. The first attack occurred on Saturday, July 1 at Beach Haven, a resort town established on Long Beach Island off the southern coast of New Jersey. Charles Epting Vansant, 25, of Philadelphia was on vacation at the Engleside Hotel with his family. Before dinner, Vansant decided to take a quick swim in the Atlantic with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever that was playing on the beach. Shortly after entering the water, Vansant began shouting. Bathers believed he was calling to the dog, but a shark was actually biting Vansant’s legs. He was rescued by lifeguard Alexander Ott, who claimed the shark followed him to shore as he pulled the bleeding Vansant from the water. Vansant’s left thigh was stripped of its flesh; he bled to death on the manager’s desk of the Engleside Hotel at 6:45 p.m. ” For entire story, click here.
I’m officially terrified. Happy swimming!