1,400-Pound Shark Tagged off Cape Cod

Betsy, the first white shark of Exedition Cape Cod 2013. Photo/OSEARCH.
Betsy, the first white shark of Exedition Cape Cod 2013. Photo/OSEARCH.

Boston.com: A 1,400-pound shark was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod this week by a research team that set out last month to study the large predators, officials said.

The crew guided Betsy onto the shark lift where the science team was ready and waiting. Photo OSEARCH
The crew guided Betsy onto the shark lift where the science team was ready and waiting. Photo/OSEARCH

The team from OCEARCH spotted the female white shark off Monomoy Thursday afternoon (August 15, 2013), said Amy Mahler, spokeswoman for the [Massachusetts] Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Mahler learned about the incident from Greg Skomal, of the Division of Marine Fisheries, who was with the group that tagged the animal.

The shark was 12 feet, 7 inches long and tagged with a satellite that will track her for up to five years, Mahler said.

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The crew guided Betsy onto the shark lift where the science team was ready and waiting. Photo OSEARCH
The crew guided Betsy onto the shark lift where the science team was ready and waiting. Photo OSEARCH