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Shark Week: Researchers Say Fatal 1640 Maryland Attack Possesses Deeper Catholic Context

Martin ProchazjaczCalling the fish ‘huge’ implies it made a major impression on eyewitnesses. Coupled with what we know about the size and severity of the bite, we believe the creature to have been about an 8-foot-long bull shark.

After careful analysis, this may be the earliest recorded case of an unprovoked fatal shark attack on a recreational swimmer in North America.