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Organization Tracks Shark in Isle of Wight Bay

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The non-profit organization OCEARH, which tracks sharks all around the world, located one of its tagged tiger sharks in the Isle of Wight Bay on Friday.  The shark is nearly 13 feet long and weighs roughly 1,000 pounds but researchers believe it is not something people should be worried about.

The organization located the shark "Septima" in the bay at 3:10 Friday afternoon.  A shark is located when its tracking device pings.  A tracking device is located on the dorsal fin of a shark and a ping is registered when the fin breaches the surface of the water and the device can be detected by satellites. 

Septima was tagged by researchers back in May off the coast of South Carolina and since then has swan over 3,100 miles up and down the east coast.  At one point, the shark was close to the Assateague shore.

Friday evening, WBOC spoke with Chip Michalove, the fishing captain who said that he was in fact the one who caught and tagged Septima off the South Carolina coast.  Michalove said while it is unusual that Septima was in the bay but the shark is NOT something people should be worried about.  Michalove said when he caught and tagged Septima, the shark was very docile and easy to work with and said tiger sharks of that size are known to be much calmer than smaller tiger sharks.  Again, Michalove believes the tiger shark is not something people need to worry about along the east coast.

To track Septima yourself, visit http://www.ocearch.org/


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