New big fish found off Jersey shore--or is it just Chris Christie out for a swim?


A great white shark that's been tagged by researchers was spotted off the Jersey Shore on Friday evening.

The shark, whose name is Hilton, pinged about 60 miles off Atlantic City at 9:21 p.m. The 12-foot, 1,300 pound male shark was tagged by OCEARCH, a science research organization that tags sharks and monitors their travel.

OCEARCH made note of the shark's visit on Twitter on Friday night.

Hilton joins Mary Lee, a tagged great white shark that was cruising off Island Beach State Park last month morning, according to her latest ping. The OCEARCH shark tracker showed four satellite pings from the massive female great white, who was 16 feet and more than 3,400 pounds when she was first tagged in September 2012.

The "pings" are the result of a satellite tag attached to her dorsal fin that automatically transmits data on her location every time she surfaces.

It is not unusual for sharks to be off the New Jersey coast this time of year, when some of their favorite meals — bluefish and striped bass — are in the area.

OCEARCH generates scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale.

OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker to help inspire current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enable leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data.

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