Global Courant 2023-05-19 18:18:30
A huge great white shark was enjoying South Carolina waters this week.
The shark, named Ironbound, is a 12-foot-4-inch long male weighing 1,189 pounds, was pinged along the South Carolina coastline Thursday, according to OCEARCH. Click to view Ironbound or other shark tracking by OCEARCH here.
The research group first noticed the shark in 2019 near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
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Ironbound is named after West Ironbound Island near Lunenburg. He is the 53rd great white shark to be tagged by OCEARCH in the Northwest Atlantic.
By tagging great whites, OCEARCH has shown that the predators “make predictable annual migrations between the northern and southern parts of their range, which extends from Newfoundland to the eastern Gulf of Mexico,” according to a OCEARCH report. “The sharks spend the summer and fall mainly in coastal waters off New England and Atlantic Canada, where they feed on high-calorie prey such as seals, before returning south to warmer winter waters off the southeastern U.S., from South Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.