There Are 15 Sharks Swarming The Outer Banks Of North Carolina Right Now
*cue 'Jaws' soundrack*
Normally, the coastal lines only have a few wandering sharks. However, there's more than average heading this way right now. The Outer Banks of North Carolina are receiving their fair share of shark action with even more nearing South Carolina and Georgia.
Humans are consistently learning about marine life and their habits through tracking systems placed on a variety of animals including sharks, whales, dolphins and turtles.
, is keeping us connected with their detailed tracking monitors and tags. Using their live models, animal lovers and virtual adventurers can watch these creatures' trails.
Currently, on the live model, viewers will be able to see around 15 great white sharks swimming around the coast. There are a few heading near the South Carolina coast with even more (currently about 13) around the Georgia coast.
(and other tracked animals) have names along with a detailed description of their length, weight, gender and breed. At this moment, Helena, Jefferson, Shaw and Nova are near North Carolina.
Helena and Jefferson are 12 feet long and are both around 1,300 pounds. Shaw is 10 feet long and only 564 pounds. Nova is in the middle of the crew, coming in at 11 feet long and a little over 1,100 pounds.
In a 2018 interview with The Daily Beast, Malin Pinsky — an Associate Professor from Rutgers' Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources — analyzed data from North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries. He concluded that a shift in water temperatures may be causing the sharks to migrate closer to shores.
Even so, locals are safe from all potential Jaws-like attacks. However, learning about these massive creatures might be just as exciting as the classic movie.