Wednesday 5 June 2019

Did a Great White Shark Really Enter Long Island Sound?

By Jeanna Bryner, Editor-in-Chief, Live Science | May 23, 2019 09:32am ET
A great white shark thought to have entered Long Island Sound — a possible first for a great white shark in that body of water — may not have been there at all.
Cabot, a 9-foot-8-inch-long (nearly 3 meters) male shark, seemed to pop up off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut, Monday morning (May 20). When a tagged shark's dorsal fin breaches the water's surface, nearby satellites "ping" the location to whomever is tracking the fish. In the case of Cabot, the nonprofit Ocearch got the ping, suggesting the shark was in Long Island Sound.
The problem with these trackers is that they don't give an exact location. "There's a huge error bar to the right or left of whatever location they give you," said George Burgess, a marine biologist and director emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History. "And that error bar can be the difference between one side of Long Island and the other."

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