Great White Shark, Tracked by GPS, Swims by Ocean City

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Photo via OCEARCH

An eight-foot great white shark stuck her dorsal fin out just long enough to say hi to Maryland’s coast yesterday.

OCEARCH, a nonprofit that tracks and researches great white sharks and other marine species around the world, says a 460-pounder that it’s nicknamed “Savannah” appeared off the Ocean City coast on Thursday. The organization even made a Twitter account for the beast to announce her presence.

Every time Savannah or any of her fellow great whites surface, they “ping” OCEARCH staff to let them know their location. The point is to help researchers and conservators keep better track of marine species like sharks and turtles.

All of the data is open-sourced. The points for charted for Savannah’s path indicate she swam up from South Carolina’s Lowcountry starting in April, heading northeast to Nova Scotia before coming back down to the Mid-Atlantic in November.

Outlets are reporting that OCEARCH staff also captured and released Savannah. Pictures posted by the organization show her on the deck of a ship for a check-in of sorts before being thrown back into open water.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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