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Great White Shark Just Keeps Swimming — Into the History Books



A great white shark is swimming through new, unexplored waters — at least for her kind. She’s set to make history as the first of white shark to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Named Lydia, this 14-foot-long, satellite-tagged female shark was, at time of writing, 1,000 miles from the coasts of County Cork, Ireland, and Cornwall, England. That’s just above the mid-Atlantic ridge, the underwater mountain range that serves as a boundary line between the east and west Atlantic.

Lydia would be the first white shark to swim across the Atlantic because swimming that far in those waters is an uncommon behavior and migratory pattern for the species. Jim Gelsleichter, the director of the Shark Biology Program at the University of North Florida told the Florida Times-Union that Lydia’s movements illustrate how scientists’ initial view of the movement patterns of Atlantic white sharks — swimming to Cape Cod, Mass., in the summer and moving to Florida in the winter — “was far too simplistic and downright wrong.” Read more…

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