Monster Great White and Friends Spotted Off Carolina Coast

Luna, a 2,137 pound Great White swims off the Outer Banks. Pic by TribLIVE.com

by Michael John Scott

You may want to think twice before dipping your toes in the waters off the Carolinas. OCEARCH is currently tracking at least eight great white sharks in that region.

One of them is a 15-foot female and is among the two largest sharks ever tagged by the nonprofit ocean research group. Luna—named for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the shark was caught and tagged in October 2018—had passed over an undersea bank, the Charleston Bump, some 80 miles southeast of Charleston, SC, as of May 9, reports Live Science.

Per the Charlotte Observer, a famous shark, 14-foot-long Katharine, was tracked to a neighboring area Saturday after disappearing from radar for about six months. Another shark, a 13 footer, named Caroline was closer to shore on May 9 but about 50 miles off the coast of Georgia as of Monday.

Luna, a 2,137-pound leviathan, has been tracked as far south as the northern Bahamas. Great whites tend to congregate off the Carolinas, Georgia, and the east coast of Florida in winter months, moving north as temperatures warm, per LiveScience and the Salisbury Daily Times, which notes a 9-foot-long great white male named Cabot pinged off Delaware on Tuesday.

According to OCEARCH, the public shouldn’t be afraid, as the sharks are likely feasting on fish carried north by the Gulf Stream. Luna’s Twitter account does tell of plans beyond eating, however. “Anyone want to do some sightseeing at the local reefs&shipwrecks?!” a recent tweet reads.

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2 Responses to Monster Great White and Friends Spotted Off Carolina Coast

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    May 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I have it on good authority that they’re congregating off Mar-A-Lago.

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    May 17, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Right on target Glenn.

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