Fortescue, a small New Jersey fishing village in Downe Township, Cumberland County, was made by the Delaware Bay. The seemingly endless bounty of the bay drove fishing boat captains to use the river inlet as an overnight base, rather than sail all the way home.
Early on June 20, Rich Lattanzi steered his boat, On the Hunt, to one of his favorite fishing spots to see if he could tempt a thresher shark onto his hook. He was about a mile and a half off Long Beach Island, with swimmers visible on the beach, when he got a tug on his line.
Don and Merryl Richards were fishing for summer flounder off Deal Monday morning when they were visited by a large sea creature.
“It was an absolutely magnificent, beautiful day. Then, all of the sudden, we heard this spout sound and we turn around and there was a whale,” said Merryl Richards, 61, of Livingston. “We just stopped fishing and enjoyed the show.”
When a shark emerged from the water with an open mouth and triangular 2-inch teeth, fisherman Steve Clark knew he was having a close encounter with a great white. The chance meeting, he says, happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at 28-Mile Wreck, the site of a World War II shipwreck off of Cape May, New Jersey.
“We were worried that it was going to harm the engine. It started to mouth it, but it wasn’t actually biting down,” said Clark. “I think it was just feeling it. It was just cool because she stayed around the boat for so long and really let us look at her.”