Elusive 1,200lb shark Ironbound found stalking shore after vanishing for year
A gigantic ocean predator was spotted off the coast of America this week.
The great white shark was previously detected near New Jersey about a year ago, but has now been seen just off the coast of South Carolina.
Named Ironbound, the predator weighs about 1,189lbs and measures about 12ft. He was detected twice on Thursday morning, according to OCEARCH.
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The organisation researches marine animals and provides an up-to-date database on shark sightings and migration.
Their data shows that Ironbound was first tagged on 3 October, 2019, next to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. He was named Ironbound after a Canadian island.
The tag on the shark pings to the database once he breaks the water’s surface, which gives scientists and other specialists a clear pathway of their journey in the ocean.
Upon first examination, Bob Hueter, chief scientist at OCEARCH, found that the shark was around 20-years-old. With great white sharks thought to live to around 70, Ironbound still has more growing to do despite the gargantuan size.
In the four years since, the shark is thought to have swam around 15,186 miles.
The migration of the species sees them move to northern waters for summer and the warmer waters in winter,
Some great white sharks can appear as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.
Male great whites grow to be around 11ft to 13ft long on average. Females grow to be around 15ft to 16ft.
The largest preserved female specimen measures 19ft and weighs 4,410lbs.
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