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Depoe Bay Shark Confirmed as Great White
08/10/2009
Sergeant Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police - Newport
Fish and Wildlife Division
(541) 265-5354 ext. 224
 

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the possession of what is confirmed as a 12-foot Great White Shark in the Depoe Bay area this weekend.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Todd Thompson, on August 8, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was working on the Depoe Bay docks when a shark was brought in by a recreational tuna boat. The trooper contacted the boat occupants after they had already gutted the shark. They indicated the shark had become entangled in their crab gear and was pulled to the surface when they pulled in a crab pot.
 
The shark was tentatively believed to be a Great White Shark and was seized.
 
On August 9th the shark was released to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and positively identified as a Great White by the National Marine Fisheries Service and ODFW.
 
Under State and Federal law, it is unlawful to take or possess Great White Sharks. The investigation is continuing.