Organization tracks growing number of sharks off Outer Banks


THE NEPTUNE ISLANDS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA – JUNE 2014: A great white shark heads towards the camera, just below the surface of the water. PHOTOGRAPH BY Brad Leue / Barcroft Images

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — Researchers say they’re seeing a growing number of great white sharks off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that four sharks with tracking devices have “pinged” in recent days. The sharks are being tracked by researchers with the organization Ocearch.

The organization said on Twitter that a shark named Ironbound was among the sharks that were traveling near the Outer Banks community of Corolla and moving down the coast toward Rodanthe.

Ironbound is a 12-foot, 4-inch male great white that weighs about 1,000 pounds. The organization is tracking three other male great white sharks between 10 and 12 feet in length.

Great white sharks are known to swim off the southeastern United States coast in the winter

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