Femle great white shark, Andromache swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo OCREACH

Female great white shark, Andromache swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo OCREACH

A great white shark is back, sending a ping from a radio collar off the Outer Banks. A highly migratory species, they regularly appear off the coast of North Carolina just about this time every year.

That being said, this particular ping from a 10’8” female named Andromache is incredibly close to the beach on the southern end of Southern Shores. The shark’s signal was noted on October 9.

That does not mean that Andromache is still there, lurking just off the beach in Southern Shores. It is, in fact, highly unlikely that she is.

The movie Jaws notwithstanding, great white sharks do not stay in one area for extended periods of time. They are constantly on the move, their migratory patterns taking them on journey of 2000 and 3000 miles and more.

OCREACH Tags a Great White Shark

The research organization OCREACH tagged Andromache on August 9 of this year off Cape Cod. Even though she is 10’8” she is considered a subadult.

Over the course of the next few weeks we’re fairly certain that more pings will be heard from other sharks as they cruise by the Outer Banks. And sometimes they even take a quick tour of our sounds.

For all their fearsome reputation, great white sharks do to seem to view humans as prey.   The generally inhabit waters where we rarely swim and

OCREACH has been doing some of the best research worldwide on sharks and shark behaviors. They are probably best known for the work they do with great whites, but they also track the movements tiger sharks.

The ping occurs when the shark surfaces and the radio signal can be picked up.

OCREACH also tags and tracks whales, dolphins, sea turtles and even alligators.

We’re having a bit of rain on the Outer Banks today, but look for a wonderful week. We wish you were here in a Brindley Beach Vacations home.