The Breton great white shark was tracked about 40 miles from Bodie Island

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A famous 13-foot-long great white shark has been tracked near Bodie Island, just off the coast of Albemarle Sound near the North Carolina-Virginia border.

Breton, the 1,400 pound great white, can be seen moving north along the east coast via the non-profit research tracking platform Ocearch. On Tuesday, Breton was moving in waters about 40 miles off Virginia, previously lashing off Pamlico Sound in North Carolina on August 6 and in deeper waters off the coast of South Carolina on August 2. august. On June 6, he was tracked as far south as Port St Lucie, Florida.

Breton, a great white shark, moves north along the east coast of the United States. Above is a great white off South Africa.
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Breton was tagged by Ocearch off Nova Scotia in 2020 and named after the region where he was captured: Cape Breton. Since 2020, Ocearch has tracked Breton’s movements along the east coast, showing his migrations over the seasons.

Breton recently gained notoriety for somehow drawing a picture with his tracking path that looks like a shark.

Great whites, which can reach around 20 feet in length, are found all over the world in subarctic waters, with a relatively large population residing off the east coast. The sharks follow seasonal migration patterns, swimming from Canada and New England in the height of summer and moving down to Florida during the winter months.

During fall and spring, great whites are usually found in a wider range of locations along the coast.

It can be seen that Breton generally followed this migration pattern, spending late summer last year off the Canadian coast before swimming to Florida around December 2021. As the most recent pings show, he is on her way to northern waters for the summer.

Ocearch tags sharks and other animals, including seals and dolphins, by catching them with handlines and gently lifting them onto the research vessel. The pipes pump a continuous stream of seawater over their gills, allowing the sharks to still absorb oxygen and remain calm.

Ocearch researchers mark animals and take blood and tissue samples to study factors such as reproductive cycles, diet, inorganic and organic contaminant loads (e.g. plastics), and parasites.

This research helps scientists protect these endangered species from threats that worsen their endangered status.

Great whites are classified as ‘Vulnerable’ according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List and have seen their global population decline by 30-49% over the past 150 years or so.

This population decline is mainly due to overfishing and other human actions. Many people hunt great white sharks for their valuable jaws, teeth, skin and fins. Plastic pollution in the oceans, of which 11 million metric tons enter the oceans each year, is also a driver of population decline due to entanglements and consumption.

These problems are compounded by the fact that great whites, like most sharks, are slow-growing and produce very few young, meaning their populations struggle to recover once their numbers get low.

However, it appears that efforts to protect the great whites have led to an increase in populations off the East Coast.

“Thanks to conservation efforts, these sharks are making a comeback,” Chris Paparo, a shark expert at Stony Brook University, previously told New York news station WNBC, referring to an increase in sightings. great white sharks off the Jersey Shore.

However, humans need not worry about these conservation successes leading to more shark attacks. The risk of an unprovoked shark bite is extremely low, especially considering the huge number of people who enter the oceans around the world each year.

In North Carolina, where Breton is currently located, only about 70 shark attacks have been recorded since 1935.

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