She goes by the name Yeti, a 960-pound white shark that stretches 11 feet. And she was spotted off the coasts of Delaware and Virginia Beach.
Ocearch, a shark tracking and research operation, said Yeti was tracked Nov. 16 off Delaware from a “ping” on a device attached to the shark. A few days later, she pinged off the coast of Virginia Beach. A tracker shows her path.
Experts tag sharks for research purposes and track them. They receive a “ping” when the dorsal fin breaks the water’s surface and sends a signal to a satellite. The transmission sends back a rough location, according to Ocearch.
Yeti, like anyone with some celebrity recognition, has her own Twitter handle — @YETItheshark. She was tagged in Nantucket, Mass., in October.
In October, a white shark named Miss Costa, which weighed 1,700 pounds and stretched 12.5 feet, gave off a GPS-tracking signal along Virginia’s coast, according to Ocearch.
Ocearch tracks and collects data on sharks for research and educational purposes.
Yeti is named for one of Ocearch’s partners, YETI Coolers.
Researchers said she’s rather active. They called her a “pinger” because she has been known to send several pings in less than 24 hours.
Yeti’s followers on Twitter had plenty of comments.