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VIDEO: Great white shark on its way to Cornwall

By WBJLock  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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A tagged great white shark called Lydia could arrive in Cornish waters in three days' time.

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A great white shark could soon arrive in waters around Cornwall.

Lydia, a satellite-tagged 4.4 metre, 2,000lb great white, is currently 1,000 miles from the coast of Cornwall and Ireland and if she continues on her path, she will arrive in a few days' time.

The shark has travelled more than 19,000 miles since a tracking device was fitted to her near Florida as part of the Ocearch scientific project.

Lydia has swam 380-miles in just 72 hours and is currently near the mid-Atlantic ridge.

And if she swims over the mid-Atlantic range then she will be the first recorded great white to cross the Atlantic.

Dr Gregory Skomal, senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries said Lydia is closer to Europe than North America: “She technically does not cross the Atlantic until she crosses the mid-Atlantic ridge, which she has yet to do.

“We have no idea how far she will go, but Europe, the Med, and the coast of Africa are all feasible.”

The act of tagging the shark was a feat in itself, with heavy machinery used to hoist Lydia from the water in order to fit the tracking device.

The Ocearch project aims to tag sharks to learn more about their movements.

You can follow Lydia on the Ocearch tracker website www.ocearch.org/#SharkTracker

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  • CynthiaDo  |  March 09 2014, 2:03AM

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  • jimbojimbo  |  March 07 2014, 7:30PM

    I'm sure we all want to track anything anywhere, but take a read of this http://tinyurl.com/prsmw5h and may be we might not be so impressed with their bolting of trackers onto shark fins...?

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