Ahead of the summer feeding season, ANOTHER giant great white shark has been spotted off the east coast of the US.
The newest monstrous great white was last seen near New Jersey, just weeks after a similarly sized animal was tagged off the Florida coast.
The basking shark, dubbed Maple by OCEARCH, has been sighted north along the east coast, reports 9 News.
The data showed the animal had swum more than 7,000 kilometers after being tagged off Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, in September last year.
Maple, who is believed to be around 12ft long, reportedly had significant injuries when she was first caught.
“She had a distinctive wound on the left side of her body,” OCEARCH said.
“After the initial assessment, our science team believes it is likely due to a recent interaction with another greater white shark. This interaction may have been an example of dominance behavior.”
The organization says the western Atlantic great white shark population tends to move along the east coast as they migrate to cooler waters.
The time of the season is referred to by marine experts as “summer feeding aggregation” or feeding season.
It comes after several sharks were spotted in the waters off the US coast over the past two years.
These included Ironbound, a massive male great white shark weighing nearly 1,000 pounds that was tracked near the Gulf of Maine.
OCEARCH said the massive 12-foot-4-inch predator was pinged in the area last month.
Researchers first tagged Ironbound in October 2019 near Nova Scotia, Canada.
When the shark was first tagged, researchers described it as one of the “toughest sharks” they’ve ever seen, “especially considering its size.”
Ocearch is a non-profit group that tags marine animals to collect data about them that can be shared with scientists.
When a tagged shark swims close enough to the surface, its tracker “pings” to let researchers know its location.
Much is still unknown about the large white species. Tagging the sharks helps researchers learn more about migratory habits and how and where the sharks mate and raise their young.
The organization has set a goal of tagging 100 sharks throughout the western North Atlantic.
As the weather warms up, more and more swimmers head to the beach to cool off.
Vanessa Schiliro, a marine biology student writing her thesis on sharks, has outlined some ways swimmers can stay safe in the water.
The first is to reduce the likelihood of encountering a shark. Avoid areas where lure fishing or where there is a large population of prey such as seals.
Also, avoid wearing anything shiny. Sharks have terrible vision and might mistake them for the scales of a fish.
When encountering a shark, it is best to remain calm. Try to get out of the water as calmly and quickly as possible.
Sudden frantic movements and splashes could increase the shark’s curiosity and bring it straight to you.
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