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A 1,400-pound great white shark was tracked just off Myrtle Beach earlier this week, causing anxiety among some residents.
Non-profit shark locator OCSearch spotted the share, named Breton, about 60 miles offshore and is 13ft long. The shark was originally tagged near Nova Scotia on September 12, 2020.
The shark appears capable of far travel despite its heavy weight and large size, as data from two months ago sent it near Florida.
“The Breton is something of an anomaly. While the rest of our active white sharks are off the northeastern United States or Atlantic Canada, the Breton remains in the warm waters off the southeastern United States. United,” OCEARCH said on his Twitter account. “This is the last time we’ve seen one of our white sharks stay this far south in the western North Atlantic. Typically we notice our white sharks starting their northward migration around mid-May. to June.”
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The ocean tracker notes that the Myrtle Beach ocean region sees about 20 different types of shaker throughout the year. Although he’s big, Breton isn’t the biggest shark to go crazy in this area.
Nearly a decade ago, a local Myrtle Beach resident spotted a 3,400-pound great white shark that was 16 feet long. The sea creature was tracked 2,500 feet off Myrtle Beach, according to WPDE.
OCSearch said great whites are not usually seen in this area at this time of year, as many migrate north between May and June.
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“How Breton manages the hot water temperatures or if he has finally started his migratory journey [north] are some of the questions our science team is currently asking,” OCsearch told OCsearch. “We will be watching Breton’s movements closely over the coming weeks.”
You can follow Breton’s movements across the seas on their website.
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