Shocked by the close encounter with a white shark off the coast of Sea Isle City? You shouldn't be.

Whenever you go into the ocean, you're sharing it with sharks.

In fact, Bob Hueter, chief scientist for the nonprofit OCEARCH, calls New Jersey a "shark-y place."

Rarely does a shark call New Jersey home year-round, but plenty of species can be found in coastal waters off the Garden State during the summer months — and some are closer to shore than others.

8 sharks you may find off New Jersey's coast

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