November 07, 2018
A 10-foot-long great white shark spotted off the coast of Atlantic City this past weekend may eventually give birth to a litter of pups, according to a marine life experts.
The female shark pinged about 50 miles off the shoreline this weekend, researchers at OCEARCH said in a tweet on Monday.
10-foot long white shark @GWSharkJane pinged in this weekend about 50 miles off the Atlantic City, NJ coast. The sub-adult female could give birth not far from here once she gets a little older. pic.twitter.com/gKABtb4IGG— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) November 5, 2018
OCEARCH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, safety and tracking of sharks. More than 300 sharks have been tagged with GPS devices since the group launched its first expedition off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in 2007.
The organization's work became famous around the Jersey Shore when scientists began tracking Mary Lee, a great white who measured 16 feet long and weighed nearly 3,500 pounds. Her following grew every summer as OCEARCH tracked her movements and fans gave her an identity on social media.
Mary Lee disappeared last winter at the age of 20, likely never to be seen again if the battery in her transmitter died, as researchers suspect. Great whites can live into their 70s.
The latest great white, identified as Jane, already got a social media account of her own. She seems to like the New Jersey coast and is considering it as a home for her future litter.
This is precious water I’m in right now. It’s the outskirts of a white shark nursery. I’ve been exploring it a little bit just to kind of get the lay of the land. It could be where I give birth to my own pups once I am old enough. pic.twitter.com/UwfRZl8q6J— White Shark Jane (@GWSharkJane) November 5, 2018
If Jane is anything like Mary Lee, it's likely she'll be pinging 50 miles off Atlantic City at around the same time each year, repeating her itinerary annually as she gets older.