Ever since the colder weather began to grip the northern hemisphere, we've seen an uptick in the number of sharks migrating south. As we progress further into winter, those same sharks usually jet towards warm Florida waters. However, there's one straggler that's been confusing researchers. This great white shark on the North Carolina coast has been pacing up and down the shorelines for months, and researchers now have an idea of why.  

Shaw is a 10-foot-3-inch great white shark that's currently being tracked by OCEARCH. His movements for nearly three months have been centralized to one location, up and down the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. 

The 564-pound shark from Nova Scotia last pinged today (Jan. 9), with his location between Cedar Island and Cape Lookout. Experts believe that the shark is scared to cross what's known as the faunal break. 

OCEARCH described the break as "sort of a barrier, caused mainly by water temperature differences ... sharks usually cross it easily and spend the cooler months south of the break, but Shaw has been flirting with the line for over a month now," according to their official Facebook page. 

Young sharks in the juvenile age range prefer to stay close to their nursery, or birthing site, and Shaw is just a little older than a juvenile, being classified as a "sub-adult."

It's believed that the transition into warmer waters is actually scaring the shark into staying in more familiar territory. 

Here's to hoping that he works up the courage soon instead of becoming entrapped in frigid waters. 

This is one of the many great white shark sightings off the coast of North Carolina, including nine sightings in the same month.


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