Worries Rise Over Growing Great White Shark Population Off Cape Cod

A 2,137-pound great white shark is moving up the coast toward the Outer Banks

Shark alert: A 15-foot female great white is making its way north toward the Outer Banks.

That’s according to a recent update from OCEARCH, a data-centric nonprofit tagging and tracking sharks. OCEARCH reports 2,137-pound Luna was detected off Charleston, South Carolina, last week.

According to the shark tracker, Luna, named for the people of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is the second biggest great white shark tagged in the North Atlantic. You can track Luna’s progress at ocearch.org.

Scientists are also keeping their eyes on a 12 foot, 9 inch great white named Caroline, who was spotted 50 miles off the Georgia coast on Tuesday.

Altogether, OCEARCH is currently tracking eight great whites off the Carolina coasts, with half already reported beyond the Outer Banks.

According to National Geographic, great white sharks can grow to more than 20 feet and can weight more than 2.5 tons.

Check out OCEARCH’s global shark tracker at dev.ocearch.org.

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