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Breton, a great white shark recently tracked to Bermuda’s waters. (Photograph from the Ocearch website)

Researchers recorded a great white shark circle the island over the past week – although it is not known exactly how close the shark came to shore.

Breton – a 13ft 3in adult male great white shark tagged and tracked by Ocearch – was recorded more than 100 miles north of the island on April 23.

However, the 1,437lb animal was recorded to the southwest of the island on April 28.

Over the following days, Breton appeared to circle the island counterclockwise before venturing to the island’s west again on Sunday.

As of yesterday morning, the shark was well to the island’s northwest and appeared to be moving away from the island.

Breton was tagged by Ocearch researchers on September 12, 2020 off the coast of Scatarie Island, Nova Scotia, and was named after Cape Breton in the same Canadian province.

Since then, the shark has been tracked swimming up and down the US East Coast and through the Gulf of St Lawrence, although Breton has also been recorded travelling to the east of the island.

Great white sharks are occasional visitors to Bermuda’s waters and several sharks tracked by Ocearch have passed by the island.

Great white sharks can be found in almost all coastal and offshore waters, including the northeast Atlantic and can reach a length of more than 20ft.

They have a fearsome reputation as maneaters due in large part to the blockbuster film Jaws but typically feed on marine mammals, turtles, fish and sea birds.

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Published May 06, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated May 06, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Great white shark tracked near Bermuda

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