3,540-pound great white shark ‘pings’ off Cape Fear coast
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A massive great white shark recently pinged off the North Carolina coast.
According to researchers at OCEARCH, Nukumi, a 17-feet-long female weighing 3,541 lbs., pinged in two times off the coast of the Cape Fear region Tuesday morning.
OCEARCH is a non-profit organization that tracks great white sharks and other large marine animals.
Nukumi has been heading south from the Maine and Nova Scotia waters since October. Now, after spending some time near Cape Lookout, her latest ping put her location just off the coast of Pleasure Island.
“Nukumi, pronounced noo-goo-mee, is named after the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people, a culture that has deep roots in Canadian Maritime provinces (particularly Nova Scotia). With the new data we’ve collected, this matriarch will share her wisdom with us for years to come,” according to OCEARCH.