A 63-year-old woman a resident of New York City was killed in a rare shark attack off the coast of Maine, on Monday.
Authorities identified the victim on Tuesday as Julie Dimperio Holowach and revealed that she was attacked by a great white shark.
Reports said the shark bite killed Julie Dimperio Holowach, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said. The shark fatally bit Holowach off Bailey Island on Monday while she was swimming.
“The marine patrol said a witness saw Holowach swimming off the shore of Bailey Island when she was bitten. Two kayakers helped her get to shore and an ambulance provided further assistance, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, the marine patrol said.
Maine Marine Patrol Commissioner Patrick Keliher also confirmed on Tuesday that Holowach’s daughter was uninjured during the attack and swam back to shore. Keliher also noted that there had been reports of seals with bite marks in the area where Holowach was attacked, though he added that shark reports in the area are not unheard of.
“This is a predator-prey relationship issue,” Keliher said. “It’s the presence of seals that are really the driver here.”
Despite the latest incident, shark sightings in the Gulf of Maine, of which Casco Bay is a part, are relatively uncommon.