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

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A giant 998-pound great white named Ironbound is spotted off the New Jersey coast near the site of infamous shark attacks that inspired the cult movie Jaws

  • Ironbound – who is from Nova Scotia and is 12ft, 4in and 998lbs – was spotted swimming along the Jersey Shore
  • The 20-year-old great white migrates north for the summer and is expected to “puff up” before returning to Florida waters in the winter
  • The Ironbound site on the Jersey Shore was reminiscent of the shark that plagued the state in the 1916 shark attacks that inspired the movie Jaws
  • Ironbound, named after West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, was then spotted Tuesday by Pamlico Sound, South Carolina.

A massive, nearly 1,000 pound great white shark known as the Ironbound has been spotted swimming off the coast of New Jersey, the site of the infamous 1916 shark attacks that inspired the movie Jaws.

Ironbound – who is from Nova Scotia and is 12ft 4in tall – made it to the Jersey Shore as it continues to travel north to Canada, according to OCEARCH, a marine research group nonprofit that tracks shark migrations.

OCEARCH chief scientist Bob Hueter said Ironbound, which weighs 998 pounds and is likely 20 years old, was first tagged on October 3, 2019 in Nova Scotia and has been spotted multiple times in the United States.

“When we tagged it, it was impressive,” Hueter told CNN of the shark’s first sighting.

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Ironbound – who is originally from Nova Scotia and is 12ft, 4in and 998lbs – traveled to the Jersey Shore. Pictured, researchers tag the great white in 2019

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

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

The massive shark is thought to be 20 years old and heading north for the summer

The massive shark is thought to be 20 years old and heading north for the summer

Ironbound, which was named after West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, first swung in waters off the coast of New Jersey on April 28 and was spotted by South Carolina’s Pamlico Sound 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 deadly Jersey Shoe shark attacks of 1916.

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

The deadly incident came after thousands of residents headed for the beach during a summer heatwave along the east coast.

OCEARCH tracks sharks traveling the entire East Coast of the United States.  Pictured is an even bigger shark, which was recorded at 15ft long

OCEARCH tracks sharks traveling the entire East Coast of the United States. Pictured is an even bigger shark, which was recorded at 15ft long

Ironbound was recently spotted by South Carolina's Pamlico Sound on Tuesday

Ironbound was recently spotted by South Carolina’s Pamlico Sound on Tuesday

As migrating great whites seek rich feeding grounds in the north, scientists believe sharks

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

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

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

“They are moving north to very rich feeding grounds off Canada and the northeastern United States,” Hueter said.

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

Despite its impressive size and weight, Ironbound isn’t the largest shark swimming off the US coast, as Hueter said OCEARCH has tagged great whites as long as 17.5 feet and weighing up to 4,000 pounds. .

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