A HUGE 13-foot great white shark has been spotted near a popular US East Coast beach, startling locals.
Ironbound, a giant male great white shark weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, was spotted near the Gulf of Maine on Thursday.
The deadly shark, along with several others, is being pursued by Ocearch, a nonprofit group that tagging marine animals to collect data about them that can be shared with scientists.
OCEARCH said the massive 12-foot, 4-inch predator was pinged in the area Thursday morning.
Researchers first tagged Ironbound in October 2019 near Nova Scotia, Canada.
The tracking devices only ping when the shark approaches the water surface.
When the shark was first tagged, researchers described it as one of the “toughest sharks” they’ve ever seen, “especially considering its size.”
OCEARCH has been watching Ironbound closely over the years.
They have previously tracked him in Canada, the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico.
On Tuesday, Martha, a female shark, was spotted off the North Carolina coast near Oregon Inlet.
Martha broke the surface of the water just off the NC coast near Oregon Inlet.
Researchers began tracking the female animal after their first encounter in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in August 2020, when she was just two meters long.
In the past few weeks, more great whites have been spotted getting extremely close to the North Carolina coast.
Researchers believe this is because the great white sharks have just ended their mating season in the area, which explains their proximity to the US coast.
Last month, Mahone, the OCEARCH’s largest male shark to be tagged, was sighted along with two other great whites off the coast of North Carolina.
Mahone measures 13 feet 7 inches and weighs 1,701 pounds, reports Yahoo.
According to OCEARCH tracking data, his transmitter last pinged at 7:06 a.m. on April 11.
Mahone was tagged in the waters near Nova Scotia in October 2020 and has been traveling up and down the waters of the east coast of North America since then.
Two other Great Whites were also tracked into the same area. Ulysses, a 12-foot, 990-pound shark, was spotted offshore on April 6 and Tancook, a juvenile 10-foot, 715-pound shark, was pinged on April 10.
OCEARCH’s mission is to tag 100 sharks across the western North Atlantic. Her goal is to “restore our oceans to balance and abundance”.
The group tagged 83 sharks, allowing them to collect data for over 24 projects.
Their main goal is to find out when and where great white sharks mate.
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