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1,000-pound shark is tracked near New Jersey and North Carolina

A great white shark. (Imago/Zuma Press/TNS)

A nearly 1,000-pound great white shark is making quite the splash as researchers track the behemoth ocean-dweller along the Atlantic coast of the United States.

The shark known as Ironbound has shown up multiple times in recent weeks on the radar of Ocearch, an organization that keeps data about the ocean.

Researchers receive alerts any time a tagged shark breaks the water’s surface, according to the organization.

Ironbound’s activity generated an alert on April 28 near the coast of New Jersey. The shark has since been tracked swimming in more southern waters, including on Tuesday, when Ocearch said Ironbound was near the coast of North Carolina.

The organization says Ironbound was originally tagged by researchers in October 2019 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Its data say Ironbound has swam more than 13,400 miles over the past 571 days.

Ironbound weighs 998 pounds, Ocearch says.


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