Two Great White Sharks Come Extremely Close to North Carolina Coast

Two great white sharks have come extremely close to the North Carolina coast, according to Ocearch.

The two sharks have been named Ulysses and Tancook by the organization, which tracks the species with GPS satellite tags to learn more about their behavior.

According to Ocearch's global shark tracker, Ulysses is approximately 34 miles off the Outer Banks islands, and Tancook is approximately 23 miles off Hatteras Island in the state.

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These two sharks have been tracked extremely close to the North Carolina coast OCEARCH

Ocearch first tagged these two sharks in September 2021. The two males have made similar journeys since then. They were both first tagged off the coast of Canada and have since swum across the U.S Coast before returning to North Carolina.

This particular population of great white sharks has just finished their mating season off the North Carolina coast, which may explain their current location. One of Ocearch's main aims is to learn more about the mating of great white sharks, as this still remains a large mystery to scientists.

Scientists know very little about how and where they mate, and where they raise their young. However, due to many sightings of great white shark pups off the Carolina waters, it is thought that this area is integral to their lifecycle.

Great white sharks raise their young in nursery areas—these are usually protected, shallow areas where the pups can grow and learn before venturing off into the deeper waters. The sightings of great white shark pups in the area, could not just mean that the sharks mate here, but that they also use it to raise their young.

In March, Ocearch scientists carried out an expedition to the North Carolina region, aiming to find out more about their mating habits.

This population of great white sharks make their way through the Carolina waters, along the U.S. south coast, on their migration south for the winter. The sharks spend a large portion of their summer and autumn in the areas around Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Maine, while their winters are spent off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina.

Another shark being tracked by Ocearch is a gigantic one known as "Iroundbound."

In April, Iroundbound left North Carolina and swam to New Jersey. The great white shark was first tagged by Ocearch in 2019, where he was weighed 1,000 pounds and measured 12 feet long.

The ginormous shark was the first tracked shark to arrive off the New Jersey coast this season, USA Today reported. He is on his way back north to Canada, where he will spend his summer. Ulysses and Tancook will likely follow suit, after leaving North Carolina.

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The organization tracks the species to learn more about their behavior. OCEARCH