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Long Island Gets a First-Time Visitor

A Great White named Cabot drops by Long Island Sound
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2019 6:03 AM CDT
A juvenile male great white shark named Paumanok swims away after OCEARCH researchers tagged him off the point of Montauk, NY, on Aug. 23, 2016.   (Robert Snow/OCEARCH via AP)

(Newser) – A 9-foot-long great white shark turned his nose into Long Island Sound en route from Delaware, marking a first for the ocean research group that tracks him. "Be advised! For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound," OCEARCH tweeted Monday after the shark named Cabot pinged off Greenwich, Conn., before 9am, reports the Hartford Courant. "He was right up on the beach, very close," OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer tells ABC News, noting the group has only observed a baby great white outside the mouth of the sound, just north of Montauk, NY. "I heard sending a ping from the Long Island Sound had never been done before by a white shark ... so naturally I had to visit and send one off," @GWSharkCabot tweeted before OCEARCH's live tracker was "overloaded."

The 533-pound sub-adult male named for the explorer John Cabot, who ventured to the eastern coast of North America in the late 15th century, has logged more than 4,000 miles since he was tagged in Nova Scotia in October, per USA Today. He was tracked to Florida via a tag attached to his dorsal fin, which sends a satellite signal as it breaks the waters' surface, before pinging off Delaware last week. Fischer suspects Cabot, who can travel up to 150 miles per day, is headed back to Nova Scotia but "something got his attention and brought him into the Sound to have a look." Fischer says people should "demonstrate common sense" in the ocean but probably aren't in danger as the shark feeds. "These white sharks only go where there's an abundant amount of life," he says. (Cabot has plenty of friends.)

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