Toughest 12ft4in shark Ironbound amazes scientists with return to coastline

A great white shark known as Ironbound has amazed scientists by going to the same area of coastline each year.

The 12ft 4ins long apex predator has been tracked for three years by Ocearch which is notified every time Ironbound breaks the water's surface on North America's Atlantic coast.

At 450kg, researchers have described him as one of the "toughest sharks" they have come across, "especially considering his size".

Thanks to a harmless tag on Ironbound, Ocearch has been able to learn all about the beast's movements which recently caused a scare as he ventured close to popular US beaches.

Keeping an eye on Ironbound, Ocearch's chief scientist told CNN earlier this month that he thinks the shark is ready to bulk up for the next mating season.

Bob Hueter said: "Mating season is over, we think, and Ironbound is on his way north to get into some good feeding ground and bulk up again for the next year."

It appears Bob was right on the money with his prediction as Ironbound's latest ping on Thursday (May 26) was back in Nova Scotia, Canada where he was first tagged in October 2019.

In April Ironbound came scarily close to a sandy beach in North Carolina having been as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ironbound who has travelled an estimated 13,000 miles since he was first tagged on his dorsal fin, was given its name as the shark was caught for the first time near West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia.

A nifty trick on Google Earthallows users the chance to see where common sharks have been spotted in the wild by researchers including Great Whites and Bull sharks.

The phenomenally powerful search tool has been able to document every nook and cranny of the planet from its perch in outer space via its massive satellites.

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And thanks to the team at The Ocean Agency, it is now able to show us where some of the world's most notorious sharks are found through a Google Earth app.

A bloke captured the heart-stopping moment a tiger shark and giant turtle were caught in a brawl before the attack turned on him.

The Australian was sitting in his boat when he saw the shark begin circling the turtle which was swimming in the shallow water below his boat.

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