Lydia, Photo/OCEARCH

Lydia, Photo/OCEARCH

CapeCodOnline: The OCEARCH shark-tracking website kept crashing Monday [March 3], and Simon Thorrold thought he knew why. It was all the Brits logging in to the website to try to locate the peripatetic great white shark named Lydia, said the senior scientist, and shark researcher, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Quite likely true, since state shark scientist Greg Skomal said he spent a fair amount of his time Monday being interviewed by British journalists. Skomal helped tag the 14’, 1-ton female great white in the waters off Florida last winter. Since then, she’s been on a nearly 20,000-mile voyage along the East Coast of the U.S., hanging around Newfoundland in January before striking out to cross the big pond.

Read more about the fascinating data being gathered on the tagged great white shark.


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