OCEARCH: 12-foot tiger shark swims through Cape Fear River

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An OCEARCH researcher tags Chessie, a 12-foot tiger shark, off the coast of South Carolina. Photo courtesy OCEARCH.
An OCEARCH researcher tags Chessie, a 12-foot tiger shark, off the coast of South Carolina. Photo courtesy OCEARCH.

Chessie, a 12-foot tiger shark tracked by the research group OCEARCH, broke the water’s surface at 3:25 a.m. Thursday, which sent a “ping” to the research group that tracks her movements.

She was in the Cape Fear River near Kure Beach.

On Friday, after traveling northwest most of the day Thursday, Chessie appears to have turned back toward the Cape Fear coast and “pinged” near Wrightsville Beach on Friday afternoon.

Chessie is one of many sharks tagged and tracked by OCEARCH, a nonprofit research organization that monitors, among other things, the migratory patterns of great white and other sharks. The Cape Fear coast has been no stranger to OCEARCH-tracked sharks–great whites Mary Lee and Katharine have “pinged” off the coast numerous times in the past few years.

Chessie is a mature female tiger shark who is 12-feet-2-inches long and weighs 1,200 pounds. She was tagged in January near Port Royal Sound, South Carolina.

Want to know where Chessie will swim next? Track her and other OCEARCH sharks’ movements here.

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