JERSEY SHORE, NJ — Two young great white sharks remain off the coast of New Jersey, moving toward each other in the waters between Asbury Park and Seaside Heights.
Ocearch’s Global Shark Tracker “pinged” Finn at 10:30 a.m. on September 14 about 10 miles off the Asbury Park shoreline, moving along a southbound track. Amagansett ‘s last known whereabouts was about 30 miles off Seaside Heights after he was tracked at 6:27 p.m. on September 13, traveling northbound.
Both juvenile females are new to the shark tracking phenomenon, as each was tagged in August by Ocearch researchers off Montauk, N.Y. — Finn, measuring nearly 5 feet and weighing 79 pounds, and Amagansett at nearly 5½ feet and 92 pounds.
Finn began traveling south shortly after being tagged on August 12, settling off the coast along Monmouth County on September 1, but moving inland toward the shore, based on her latest pings.
After being tagged on August 20, Amagansett wasted no time heading south and was first pinged at least 60 miles off the North Jersey coast three days later, only to continue her southbound travels until August 27, when she has been circling around the waters off the Ocean County coast.
Meanwhile, Mary Lee — the 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark that became a social media sensation this spring with her travel adventures in the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey — registered her last ping at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 10 miles off Long Beach Island.
Since Mary Lee was tagged off Cape Cod, Mass., on September 17, 2012, she has traveled up and down the East Coast — from Nova Scotia to the Turks and Caicos Islands — for a total of some 40,000 miles.
All three great white sharks are among dozens of apex predators throughout the world that have been tagged by Ocearch researchers with global positioning satellite (GPS) devices in order to track their movements to better understand their behaviors.
Ocearch registers a ping when the shark’s dorsal fin breaks through the water, transmitting a signal that provides an estimated location. The group then displays a marker on a Google Earth map indicating where the ping was received.
Based in Park City, Utah, Ocearch is the leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species, such as great white and tiger sharks.
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