Local Scientist Tracks Great White Shark On Trans-Atlantic Journey

BOSTON (CBS) — A Great White Shark is on a pretty historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

“Lydia” was tagged off the coast of Florida last March by the Ocearch Team, which includes scientist Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

Local Scientist Tracks Great White Shark Across Atlantic

The team put a GPS tracker on the 2,000-pound shark and have been following her ever since.

Researchers have found that she’s made her way across the Atlantic Ocean, the first ever trans-ocean journey recorded. She’s now well on her way to the United Kingdom.

Some researchers believe she may be pregnant and headed toward the warmer waters of the Mediterranean.

The Great White, not as common in Europe, is causing a big stir in the U.K. press. Headlines read “Terrifyingly Close,” “Killer Shark Days Way” and “Brits Brace For Bloody Mayhem On Holiday Beaches.”

Skomal says he finds the press humorous but in the end, it helps his cause.

“The word gets out there about these animals and it helps us not only educate the public, but it helps us continue our research and raise funding to continue the work,” he said.

Last summer, the Ocearch team tagged several sharks off the coast of Massachusetts, as well.



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