A number of great white sharks are being tracked near New York and New Jersey in the waters offshore. Those sharks are tracked and also named by OCEARCH’s online Shark Tracker database. They said that a number of sharks have been pinged in locations near the Hamptons and Jersey shore. For example, one 12’9″ white shark, Caroline, showed up on July 1 around Seaside Heights and Barnegat Light, New Jersey.
A couple of other sharks were seen in the water off the Hamptons early in June according to a report from the New York Post. This included an 8-foot shark called Caper and a 533 pounds shark named Cabot.
Another shark was heading toward Long Island. It is Vimy, a 1,164-pound behemoth. He seems to have turned as of July 13 and was heading offshore.
Chris Fisher is the founder of OCEARCH and he told the post that the number of sharks is “no more than normal.” He also talks about the benefits of having predators in the ecosystem, making it so “everyone will see an ocean full of fish for generations.”
OCEARCH is a nonprofit organization. Not only do they gather data on sharks, but they also gather data on animals around the world in order to track and study them. A map is then shared on Facebook to highlight where groups of great whites have been spotted in recent times.
On speaking about beach swimming safety, Fisher said: “Be smart. Don’t swim out into the ocean if you see a bunch of seals, baitfish crashing and birds diving.”
One thing that the researchers did notice was an abnormally large spacing between the clusters of sharks.
“What do you think could be causing this big gap in where white sharks are pinging right now?” OCEARCH asked its followers at the time. “There are pings in the Gulf of Mexico and then a big grouping in North Carolina/South Carolina but none in the middle.”
“In our studies, we have tagged about 43 sharks and six of the largest ones are off of the Carolinas,” OCEARCH’s Robert Hueter told CBS News at the time. “… They’re not right up close to the beach, so no worries for the swimmers.”
Shark migration patterns have been studied for the past 10 years or so. Many of the animals also have been given names, and some are as long as 15 feet and weigh up to 2000 pounds!
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