A 13-foot, 1,437-pound great white shark was captured off the coast of North Carolina this week as it makes its annual trip north during the summer months.
Breton, which marine science nonprofit OCEARCH began tracking in September 2020, came close to Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks on Tuesday morning.
The research team has been tracking the shark since it tagged it off the coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia two and a half years ago.
Breton was in almost the same exact spot last year. The shark made a trip around Bermuda last May, traveled to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence during the summer months of last year, then traveled south to the Bahamas in the fall before traveling back up the East Coast to the Outer Banks.
The mature great white is one of the sharks that OCEARCH is tracking off the coasts of North and South Carolina this month.
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Simon, a nearly 9 meter great white, was spotted north of Brittany on Tuesday. Georgia, an 8-foot tiger shark, hit North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while a 12-foot tiger shark named Jax hit north of Charleston.
As the sharks make their journey north to cooler waters for the summer, they circle the continental shelf, a shallow terrace that stretches about 35 miles off the coast of the Carolinas.
OCEARCH researchers will conduct Expedition Northbound next month, collecting data on the 88 great white sharks the nonprofit has tagged in the western North Atlantic.
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Great white sharks, known to most Americans as top predators, can grow to about 20 feet in length and weigh more than 4,000 pounds. They live in warm and subtropical waters around the world, migrating seasonally to their preferred temperature range of approximately 50 to 80 degrees.
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