A great white shark nicknamed “Ironbound” has been tracked just 40 miles off the coast of Maryland.
A tracker suitable for the adult white shark, measuring more than 12 feet long and weighing just under 1,200 pounds, “sounded” Nov. 24 around 5 p.m. Eastern Time, according to OCEARCH data from non-profit marine research,
OCEARCH scientists first tagged the shark with a tracking device in the waters off West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, in October 2019. They have been monitoring its movements ever since.
OCEARCH has been tagging sharks around the world since 2007. Data collected during that time revealed that Nova Scotia is a significant hotspot for great white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic, alongside Cape Cod.
Each year, great white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic tend to migrate south from waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to warmer climates around the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, where they spend the winter.
“Most, but not all, highly mobile Northern Hemisphere shark species move south in winter as they follow their food,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, previously. Pleasemynews.
OCEARCH is about to embark on its 44th Great White Shark Research Expedition as these animals migrate to the southeastern United States, which will run from November 28 to December 14.
Currently, OCEARCH white sharks track scattered along the east coast of North America, with several congregating off the Carolinas, according to their most recent tracking data.
“Some of our sharks like Cabot and Ulysses are enjoying the last moments of their summer/fall foraging off Atlantic Canada while others like Hali and Andromaque have started their winter residence off Florida,” OCEARCH said. in a Facebook post on November 14.
Since it was first tagged with a tracking device in 2019, data shows Ironbound has traveled more than 16,200 miles, which is roughly two-thirds the circumference of the Earth.
During her travels, Ironbound zigzagged nearly the entire east coast of North America, from Nova Scotia waters to the Florida Keys.
Ironbound has been generally moving south since late October as it appears to be heading towards the southeastern United States.
OCEARCH tracking beacons use the “ping” every time the dorsal fin of the shark in question breaks the surface of the water. Each time this happens, the device emits a signal, allowing OCEARCH scientists to pinpoint its location.