Researchers warn beachgoers that four HUGE great white sharks – including a 16ft behemoth called Mary Lee – are making their way from NY and NJ to Cape Cod
- Professional shark taggers are warning tri-state area beachgoers of four massive great white sharks making their way up to Cape Cod in Massachusetts
- The group of apex predators include a 16-foot, 3,456-pound behemoth named Mary Lee, who’s currently prowling around New Jersey’s Long Beach Island
- ‘There are thousands of them on the East Coast right now,’ says Ocearch research foundation founder Chris Fischer
- Ocearch currently has 70 great whites tagged, which can be tracked in real time on their Global Shark Tracker
Tri-state beachgoers may want to rethink their next summer outing after professional shark taggers revealed four massive great white sharks are making their way from the waters of Long Island and New Jersey up to Cape Cod.
The group of apex predators include a 16-foot, 3,456-pound behemoth named Mary Lee, who’s currently prowling around New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, according to Ocearch research foundation founder Chris Fischer.
‘Right now the sharks are loading up on dog fish, seals and blubber over the summer,’ Fischer tweeted.
Professional shark taggers are warning tri-state area beachgoers of four massive great white sharks (not featured in this picture) making their way up to Cape Cod in Massachusetts
Ocearch currently has 70 great whites tagged among thousands that prowl the waters of the East Coast as they migrate north for the summer
‘There are thousands of them on the East Coast right now.’
The three other tagged great whites in the tri-state area are an 8-foot, 300-pound juvenile named Charlotte, a 7- foot, 184-pound juvenile named Martha, and Monomoy, a 6-foot, 7-inch juvenile male, Ocearch reported as of Friday.
A fifth shark, a 10-foot, 5-inch, 600 pounder named Rose, is being tracked from the waters of Delaware Bay and is on schedule to arrive this weekend.
Researchers at Ocearch say the shark’s numbers will peak in late summer near Cape Cod before they make the nearly 1000-mile long migration back to the Carolinas.
The four great whites being tracked off of tri-state waters are hardly the biggest of the bunch out of the 70 sharks Ocearch currently has tagged.
There’s the 11-foot Andromache, who was tracked lurking along New York waters in May, and the one of the largest of them all, Nukumi, a massive 17.2-foot female great white, who recently returned to the waters off Nova Scotia after swimming over the mid-Atlantic ridge, the New York Post reports.
Pictured: The Global Shark Tracker tracks great white shark migrations in real time as they make their way northward from the Carolinas and all the way to the waters of Nova Scotia
Nukumi, a massive 17.2-foot female great white, recently returned to the waters off Nova Scotia after swimming over the mid-Atlantic ridge
For those beachgoers who are determined to make it to the shore this summer, Ocearch has an online Global Shark Tracker that offers real-time shark tracking.
While shark attacks of humans are rare, Fischer warned swimmers and surfers alike to use common sense while in the water.
‘It doesn’t make sense to dress up like a seal and go out in the middle of the food chain,’ Fischer said.
‘The moment you’re 3 feet in the ocean, you’re in the wild, and you’ve taken a risk,’ Fischer warned. ‘It’s the same thing as wandering off into the woods without protection or unprepared during bear season — you might get yourself killed.’