Ocearch spotted a 395 lb, 8 foot 4 inch white shark off the coast of Myrtle Beach yesterday. The white shark was tagged December 2022 and is named Jekyll.
Oceach is a global non profit that conducts research to help scientists collect previously unattainable data.
Jekyll’s Travel Log
|DATE TAGGED:||Dec 9, 2022, 12:00:00 AM|
|LOCATION TAGGED:||Jekyll Island, GA|
|LATEST PING:||Jan 3, 2023, 7:58:18 AM|
|LATEST Z-PING:||Jan 3, 2023, 6:12:35 AM|
Last 72 HOURS – 18 mi.
Last 16 DAYS – 358 mi.
To follow Jekyll on his journey, visit the OCEARCH website
It is common for White Sharks to run up and down the Southeastern Atlantic coast in January.
White sharks were designated as a protected species in most federal waters in 1997. Before 1997, white sharks were caught and considered a trophy hunt for recreational sport fishers.
Since 2014, white shark sightings have increased in the broader Northwest Atlantic. According to wikipedia, The Northwest Atlantic Mid-Ocean Channel (NAMOC) is the main body of a turbidity current system of channels and canyons running on the sea bottom from the Hudson Strait, through the Labrador Sea and ending at the Sohm Abyssal Plain in the Atlantic Ocean.
This suggests some level of population recovery in that area of the world, but the overall status of the species remains uncertain.