Great White Shark Crosses AtlanticBy: Alexandria Sardam - March 12, 2014
A 14-foot great white shark named Lydia was recently recorded traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. The shark was the first known white shark to swim across the Atlantic.
The 2,000-pound shark was tagged by Ocearch scientists last March in Jacksonville, Fla. The female was tagged crossing the mid-Atlantic ridge on Sunday morning, officially entering the eastern Atlantic.
“Truly a momentous occasion, Lydia has etched her place in the history of Atlantic white shark research and showed the power and value of SPOT tagging. She is single handedly raising awareness around the world,” said John Chisholm a Fisheries Biologist at the Massachusetts Shark Research Program.
“Our 14ft. 2000 lb. white shark Lydia made history this morning by crossing over the mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the first documented trans-Atlantic white shark migration. Welcome to the history books Lydia!”
The large female shark traveled over 19,000 miles in various directions since she was tagged.
“Lydia’s remarkable trans-ocean journey reminds us that no one locality, state, or nation owns these remarkable migrators of the sea. If we are to save the sharks, we have an obligation not only to protect them in our waters, but also to work with other countries towards global conservation of sharks,” said Bob Hueter of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
Lydia traveled from Bermuda to the cold waters of Canada showing off the great white’s extreme stamina. It seems after all these travels, the great white might be pregnant.
“I would guess that Lydia is pregnant, and that she has been out in the open ocean gestating her babies and that this spring she will lead us to where those baby white sharks are born-the nursery,” Expedition Leader Chris Fischer proclaimed on Ocearch’s Facebook page.
You can track Lydia’s amazing voyage here.
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