While you may associate great white sharks with summer, fall is the time of their annual southward migration, passing through New Jersey as they make their way to warmer waters.
OCEARCH is the group that marks sharks; they attach a tag to the dorsal fin and it is tracked by satellite whenever the shark’s fin comes out of the water. Two great whites “cracked” last week near New Jersey.
According to OCEARCH (and Asbury Park Press), Charlotte, a young woman, was off the coast of County Monmouth. Charlotte is eight feet long and weighs over 300 pounds.
“Charlotte is a young teenage girl, not yet sexually mature. With her 10-year acoustic tag, 5-year SPOT tag, and 1-year PSAT tag, we will be able to follow Charlotte as she goes. grows into adulthood, ”said Dr. Bob Hueter, OCEARCH Chief Scientist. According to OCEARCH, “Charlotte marks the 70th white shark tagged in our study of North Atlantic white sharks. It is named after the wonderful people of North Carolina who have been so welcoming to us on our expeditions to Carolina. “
Charlotte has been spotted as far north as Maine and is the second great white to pass recently. Hali, a 10-foot, nearly 700-pound beast, was nutted from New Jersey last week, also migrating south to warmer waters.
According to the Asbury Park Press, two other great whites are also set to pass through the Garden State. Andromache and Olympia are heading south and should pass soon.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.
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