A large number of great white sharks are amassing on the US East Coast, according to a live shark tracker.
Twitter user Stuart noticed the trend on the Ocearch shark tracker, posting an image from the site and saying: “Sharks are amassing on the east coast.”
The man, who was shocked to be notified of more than 100 sharks close to the east coast, also said: “I occasionally log in to check that the nearest Great White is at least 2000 miles (3219 kilometres) away.”
His tweet has gone viral, being shared thousands of times by concerned locals.
sharks are amassing on the east coast pic.twitter.com/GDI250biUE— stuart (@punished_stu) December 1, 2021
However, there’s no need to panic, according to a spokesperson for Ocearch who told The Sun US: “We are currently studying the Northwest Atlantic White Shark, the white sharks that live off the Eastern United States and Canada.
“This is why we have so many recently tagged sharks in this area. We have tagged 83 white sharks in the NW Atlantic.”
Meanwhile, shark expert Dr Christopher Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, believes climate change could be part of it.
“This isn’t terribly uncommon since most of these sharks were likely tagged at nearshore locations.
“Although, this is typically the season when smaller sharks are migrating to warmer southern waters.
“Much of this pattern is likely attributed to changing oceanographic conditions caused by climate change.”
It comes after a popular Australian beach was closed last month after a shark was spotted circling in its waters, days after a man was killed.
The alert was raised at about 8.30am after members of the public reported seeing the shark about 100m off shore at Port Beach in Perth
Just five days earlier, Perth man Paul Millachip was mauled to death by a shark at the same beach.
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