Authorities in ME say the woman killed in a rare shark attack off the state's coast was a 63-year-old resident of New York City. Officials say the shark may have mistaken her for a seal.
The Maine Marine Patrol said a witness saw Holowach swimming off the shore of Bailey Island when she was bitten.
The incident happened at 3:37 p.m., according to the Coast Guard, prompting USCG officials to launch a rescue boat from south Portland.
Two kayakers were able to help Holowach, the former president of accessories brand Kipling, back to shore so she could be treated on land. Holowach was swimming with a family member, officials said, reportedly her daughter. The second woman was not injured.
A woman has been killed in a suspected shark attack while swimming in Maine.
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Marine Patrol Major Rob Beal said the area near Bailey Island will be monitored for sharks and the public is asked to report any shark sitings to the local marine patrol officer.
A New England shark expert says there has only been one unprovoked shark attack recorded in Maine. "We urge swimmers and others recreating in or on the water in the Casco Bay region, and in particular near Bailey Island to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid schools of fish or seals, which attract sharks". My guess is that the person (who was attacked) was mistaken as a food item.
He added that it was only a matter of time before a human was attacked because of Maine's seal population, and he believes the same shark may have attacked a seal nearby on Sunday. "In this area of ME and depending on how close to shore the event occurred, my guess is it was a white shark".
Sulikowski, whose research has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" show, NBC's "Today" show and "Ocean Mysteries" with Jeff Corwin, said it's clear to him that great white sharks are heading north to ME from Cape Cod because their competition for food is growing.