It’s not unusual for sharks to make an appearance
along the Outer Banks this time of year as they make their way south
from New England, and a young great white shark named Bruin appears to
have paid a visit to Hatteras Island, and perhaps the Pamlico Sound.
Bruin is one of the sharks that are logged into
“Global Shark Tracker” – an interactive program by the non-profit
organization Ocearch which tags, researches, and follows sharks all
around the world.
Bruin is a new addition to the program, and was
first tagged in Montauk, New York in August. Weighing in at just 101
pounds and measuring 5 feet, 5 inches, Bruin’s initial few months were
spent off the coast of New York and New England until earlier this week.
On Monday night, the juvenile great white shark
made his first trip down south. He was pinged just off of Hatteras
Island - about 20 miles off the coast of Buxton - and appears to have
been in the Pamlico Sound.
The winter is an especially active time for all
sorts of species who head south for the season, and as ocean waters
continually cool, expect to see more appearances of sharks like Bruin,
juvenile and adult whales, and even visiting seals.
For more information on Bruin’s southern vacation, or to track other sharks that are part of the Ocearch family, go to www.ocearch.org.