15-foot great white shark pings off SC coast
OCEARCH, the data tracker application that records the travels of oceanic life, has registered a 15-foot shark named Luna pinged off the coast of Charleston.Posted — Updated
Luna has been moving north, from off the coast of Florida, for quite some time, but the latest ping came on May 9.
OCEARCH has been tracking the 15-foot great white shark since October 2018. Luna weighs 2,137 pounds.
It is not unusual for a great white shark to ping off the Outer Banks.
Shark attacks are very rare, but they do happen in North Carolina. Experts offer these tips for sharing the ocean:
- Swim in a group. Most sharks attack individuals, as they mistake humans for other ocean creatures.
- Stay close to the shore. If you swim out too far, you’ll isolate yourself, be away from help and be closer to the shark’s territory.
- Avoid swimming in the ocean at night: Sharks are most active at night.
- Don’t go in the water if shark warnings are posted.
- Be careful near sandbars and ocean drop offs.
- Don't enter the water with an open wound.
- Watch for sea life. Sharks eat fish, so if they see a school of fish, they’re likely to go for it.
- Use common sense and be alert.
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