Several large great white sharks are being tracked near NY/NJ beaches
It may be summer, but it's not a holiday season for sharks.
Several great great white sharks have been spotted near beaches in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, according to a shark tracking website. While the group emphasized that shark attacks are not common, it should still be remembered that it is important to be safe in the sea.
Ocearch is a research foundation that tags and tracks sharks across the ocean. The foundation has tagged a wide variety of sharks around the world, but many of these sharks are currently swimming up the east coast of the United States, according to their website.
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The group's founder, Chris Fischer, spoke to the New York Post about his work and urged people to remember that attacks are rare. However, he said the important thing to remember is that the ocean is technically wild.
"The moment you are 3 feet in the ocean, you are in the wilderness and you have taken a risk," he continued. "It's like walking into the forest with no protection or unprepared during bear season - you could get killed."
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The Ocearch site is currently tracking several sharks in the Atlantic, and according to their data, several have been spotted near the New York, New Jersey coastline. Rose, a 600 pound female who stands over 10 feet long, was spotted near Delaware and southern New Jersey last week.
Martha, a 184-pound shark, was spotted further up the New Jersey coast yesterday.
According to the New York Post, the largest shark tracked is Nukumi, who weighs over 3,500 pounds and is a massive 17 feet long. However, it was last spotted out in the Atlantic, although it is known to swim up and down the east coast in the later months of the year.
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As of Sunday, the website is currently tracking about 13 whites swimming near the New York / Jersey coastline. According to Fischer, after being hit in late summer, the sharks will likely migrate back along the coast.
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