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Trackers spot 1,400-pound great white shark off North Carolina coast

A massive great white shark weighing more than 1,400 pounds was caught off the coast of North Carolina this weekend.

The shark, named Breton by the nonprofit marine research group OCEARCH, is 13 feet, 3 inches long. He weighs 1,437 pounds.

Breton has closed Hatteras, North Carolina, OCEARCH said Monday. Several juvenile sharks have recently been spotted in the same area.

“Many of our animals use the productive continental shelf waters around the Outer Banks, NC as a spring staging area before migrating north for their summer residence,” OCEARCH wrote.


Breton, a great white shark, pinged off the coast of North Carolina in late March 2023, according to OCEARCH.


OCEARCH tracking data shows Breton was first tagged from Nova Scotia in 2020. He was named for Cape Breton, where he was tagged.

The shark has traveled up and down the East Coast in the years since it was first tagged. The U.S. Atlantic region, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has great white sharks from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

According to the administration, the great white shark is considered an apex predator. They can weigh up to 4,500 pounds and grow up to 21 feet long.

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