Cue Jaws theme!
Four great white sharks have been detected swimming off the coasts of New York and New Jersey recently.
A nonprofit marine research group recently recorded four male great white sharks after placing places electronic trackers on each shark that “ping”, when the shark breaks the surface of the water.
According to OCEARCH, they’ve spotted (and named),
- Simon – a 9-foot long 434 pound juvenile great white, pinged off Fire Island on May 2
- Jekyll – another juvenile who weighed 395 pounds & is 8′ 8″ long, pinged on May 15 off Long Island
- Keji – another juvenile at 600 pounds, over 9.5 feet long, pinged on May 17
- Frosty – a juvenile weighing 393 pounds and measuring 9′ 2 “, pinged off the coast of Rhode Island
The four sharks all appear to be making their annual migration from the Florida Keys up to the Northeast coast of the U.S. and Canada.
OCEARCH told CNN the sharks typically spend their summers in the East Coast’s
very rich feeding grounds”
Gulp. Yummy seals, fish –and human swimmers?
According to OCEARCH’s website, the sharks are captured, biological samples are taken from them and they are then fitted with a tracker and safely released back into the wild…
…to then chase and eat us.
(Photos, OSEARCH, Wikimedia Commons; via CNN)