Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Swim On! Rescued Great White Shark Likely Still Alive

by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | August 17, 2015 01:22pm ET

A great white shark famously saved last month by Cape Cod beachgoers is likely still alive and swimming, said a shark expert.

The shark was rescued after it became stranded on a beach on July 13. Before it was released, experts pinned an acoustic tag to the shark's dorsal fin, which is on its back. A system of acoustic receivers — located about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of where researchers released the shark — picked up the animal's unique signal within two weeks of the rescue, said Gregory Skomal, afisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, who helped save the shark.

"It's very encouraging that the shark was alive," he told Live Science. "If I had to guess, if it survived for a couple days, it's going to survive [in the long term]."

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