A large, 880-pound shark was noticed swimming off the coast of the Jersey Shore and Lengthy Island over the weekend, in line with the nonprofit OCEARCH.
Freya, an 11-foot sub-adult feminine white shark, pinged off the coast of Atlantic Metropolis seaside late Friday afternoon after she was first tagged close to North Carolina in March, the shark-tracking group mentioned.
By Sunday morning, Freya was swimming by Hearth Island off the coast of Lengthy Island and was lurking close to the Hamptons by that night.
OCEARCH mentioned Freya is continuous her journey north and is probably going following “enormous colleges” of menhaden, a kind of forage fish, as they make their approach up the coast.
“Menhaden are necessary forage fish that assist stability the coastal marine ecosystem,” OCEARCH defined in a tweet.
“Menhaden’s return to abundance within the Atlantic and particularly this area has [led] to the return of whales within the NJ/NY space and is why white sharks drop off their pups on this birthing area. A wholesome base of forage fish are important to the remainder of the ecosystem.”
Chris Fischer, the founding father of OCEARCH, mentioned Freya’s journey and the abundance of menhaden are “one thing to rejoice.”
“Our oceans on this area are rebounding after a few years of conservation efforts by many organizations and persevering with this pattern will ship an ocean lively to future generations,” Fischer wrote on Twitter.
Freya’s identify was chosen by OCEARCH’s companion Sea World and interprets to “Noble Lady,” the group mentioned.
They defined she was named in “homage to the noble girls researchers on each Expedition Carolinas and on all previous analysis expeditions who’re working to uncover essential shark insights associated to their species’ conservation.”
The group will get a “ping” from Freya and the opposite sharks they observe when their dorsal fin is out of the water lengthy sufficient to be picked up by a satellite tv for pc.
Freya final pinged Monday night time within the Rhode Island Sound and seems to be headed to Cape Cod.