Researchers track several great white sharks foraging off the Carolina Coast

Researchers track several great white sharks foraging off the Carolina Coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A 431-pound great white shark pinged off the coast of Pawley’s Island this weekend, according to OCEARCH’s shark tracker.

The adult shark named Brunswick was first spotted in the Carolinas on April 15, about 25 miles off the coast of Wilmington. OCEARCH’s website traces the 8-foot-9-inch shark’s path from the coast of North Topsail Beach, past Carolina Beach to the outskirts of Frying Pan Shoals before arriving in South Carolina on May 12.

This particular shark was tagged by researchers during their last expedition that ended in March. Brunswick was caught off the coast of Hilton Head and was named after the City of Brunswick, where the team spent a lot of time docked.

Brunswick isn’t the only shark circling the waters in South Carolina right now.

OCEARCH tracks 416 tagged animals across the world. (Source: OCEARCH)
OCEARCH tracks 416 tagged animals across the world. (Source: OCEARCH)

A 15-foot-long white shark named Luna and a 14 foot long white named Katherine were tracked on May 9 and May 11 off the coast of Charleston.

Additionally, 10-foot- long great white shark Jane and 12-foot long Jefferson were also found to be swimming near the Outer Banks in the last month.

OCEARCH has been researching white sharks in the Atlantic since 2012 to gather critical information about shark behavior and migration patterns. Since it began, scientists have identified a “shared foraging area” white sharks migrate to in the winter between Cape Canaveral, Florida and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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