Giant great white shark named Ironbound spotted off Jersey Shore near site of Jaws attacks

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Giant 998lb white dubbed Ironbound is spotted lurking off the Jersey Shore near the site of infamous shark attacks that inspired cult film Jaws

  • Ironbound – which hails from Nova Scotia and measures 12 feet, 4 inches and 998 pounds – was spotted along the Jersey Shore
  • The 20-year-old great white will migrate north for the summer and is expected to ‘grow up’ before returning to Florida waters for the winter
  • Ironbound’s site in the Jersey Shore was reminiscent of the shark that plagued the state during the 1916 shark attacks that inspired the movie Jaws
  • Ironbound, named after the West Ironbound Island, in Nova Scotia, was spotted by Pamlico Sound in South Carolina later Tuesday.

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A huge, nearly 1,000-pound great white shark known as Ironbound was spotted off the Jersey Shore, site of the infamous 1916 shark attack that inspired the movie Jaws.

According to OCEARCH, a nonprofit marine research group that tracks shark migration, Ironbound — who is from Nova Scotia and measures 12 feet, 4 inches — made his way to the Jersey Shore as he travels farther north to Canada.

OCEARCH’s chief scientist Bob Hueter said Ironbound, who weighs 998 pounds and is likely 20 years old, was first tagged on October 3, 2019 in Nova Scotia and spotted multiple times in the U.S.

“When we tagged him, he was impressive,” Hueter said CNN of the shark’s first sighting.

Ironbound — who hails from Nova Scotia and measures 12 feet, 4 inches and 998 pounds — made its way to the Jersey Shore.  Pictured, researchers tagging the great white in 2019

Ironbound — who hails from Nova Scotia and measures 12 feet, 4 inches and 998 pounds — made its way to the Jersey Shore. Pictured, researchers tagging the great white in 2019

OCEARCH followed Ironbound near the Jersey Shore on April 28.  The location of the great white in the coast is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic, Jaws

OCEARCH followed Ironbound near the Jersey Shore on April 28.  The location of the great white in the coast is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic, Jaws

OCEARCH followed Ironbound near the Jersey Shore on April 28. The location of the great white in the coast is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, Jaws

The huge shark is believed to be 20 years old and is heading north for summer

The huge shark is believed to be 20 years old and is heading north for summer

The huge shark is believed to be 20 years old and is heading north for summer

Ironbound, named after the West Ironbound Island, in Nova Scotia, first pinged in waters off New Jersey on April 28 and was spotted by Pamlico Sound in South Carolina on Tuesday.

The sight of the great white along the Jersey shore is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 cult classic Jaws, which was inspired by the 1916 Jersey Shoe shark’s deadly attacks.

During the 12-day siege of the coast in early July by a great shark, believed to be a great white or bull shark, four people were killed and one injured.

The deadly incident came as a result of thousands of residents heading to the beach during a summer heatwave along the east coast.

OCEARCH follows sharks traveling along the US East Coast.  Pictured, an even larger shark, which was captured at a length of 15 feet

OCEARCH follows sharks traveling along the US East Coast.  Pictured, an even larger shark, which was captured at a length of 15 feet

OCEARCH follows sharks traveling along the US East Coast. Pictured, an even larger shark, which was captured at a length of 15 feet

Ironbound was recently spotted by Pamlico Sound in South Carolina on Tuesday

Ironbound was recently spotted by Pamlico Sound in South Carolina on Tuesday

Ironbound was recently spotted by Pamlico Sound in South Carolina on Tuesday

As the migrating great whites search for rich feeding grounds in the north, scientists believe the sharks will “grow up” when they return to Florida by winter

Heuter said the great white has traveled an estimated 13,000 miles since OCEARCH began tracking it three years ago.

The scientist told CNN Ironbound and his fellow sharks migrate every year, spending their winters in Florida and the Gulf Coast before heading back north for summers.

“They’re moving north to the very rich foraging areas off Canada and the northeastern US,” Hueter said.

He noted that in the summer in the north, the shark would likely see the fish “grow up” when it returns to Florida waters in the winter.

Despite its impressive size and weight, Ironbound is not the largest shark to swim on the US coast, as Hueter said, OCEARCH has marked great whites as long as 17.5 feet and as heavy as 4,000 pounds.

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