Less swimmers in Little Compton after shark scare

Andrea Medeiros

amedeiros@abc6.com

The Great White Shark that washed up on the beach in Little Compton was the star attraction this holiday weekend. Experts still don't know what killed it, and it's scared a lot of swimmers away, Monday.

Usually south shore beach is so packed, you can't even find a place to put your towel down, and that's on a work day. Monday, it seemed people were staying away after a shark washed up there.

It washed ashore less than a half a mile from here the beach, Saturday, on the Westport, Little Compton border.

“It was a dead shark, so I'm not really that afraid, but I'm not going to go that far this day,” said nine year old Kaylee Martins.

Experts still can't figure out why the Great White died, but they do know there are more where he came from.

 “Well, we know Great White Sharks occur in New England every year, so obviously there's more than one out there,” said Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, “There's several white sharks throughout these waters and we've been watching them the last several years.”

That's news to some swimmers, who go to the beach several times a week.

“I have never been afraid, but now I'm definitely much more reluctant to go in the water, anything past my knees,” said Wendy Babbitt.

She's not alone. If you took a look at the coastline, Monday, there weren't many people swimming.

“I was kind of looking in the water, and there's not a whole lot of people in the water, so maybe it is a concern, not for me,” said Claudette Jackson.

Experts dissected the shark's body and left it on the beach. It's below the high tide line, and they're hoping it eventually gets washed away.