“Friendly” Great White Shark Returns to the Outer Banks
With temperatures rising, the monster fish is reportedly returning to her stomping (er, chomping) grounds off the coast of North Carolina.
It’s springtime, and a 10-foot great white shark named Amy, who researchers describe as “friendly,” is reportedly returning to her stomping (er, chomping) grounds off the Outer Banks.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Amy was first spotted in February off Myrtle Beach, and then again on April 1st when her tag pinged off the coast of Carolina Beach. Most recently, on Thursday morning, she was spotted near Emerald Isle, leading researchers to conclude that she’s moving north up the coast.
Believed to be about 10 years old, the monster fish was tagged in December by Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Chip Michalove of Hilton Head’s Outcast Sport Fishing. Amy, who Michalove named after a neighbor who beat cancer, is being tracked by pings, which occur when her dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water, allowing her tag to transmit a signal to a satellite overhead.
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Amy is one of many great whites currently being tracked by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in an effort to gather research on their movement, behavior and population size, and hopefully, to change public perception of the "misrepresented and misunderstood" creatures along the way.
Those interested in tracking the whereabouts of Amy and her finned friends can download the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.