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Shark may pass to the east of Bermuda

A Great White shark named Lydia yesterday remained close to the Island, but appears to be passing to the east of Bermuda.

The shark is one of several Great Whites tagged by Ocearch researchers as part of an effort to study the animals.

Lydia, a 2,000lb mature female, was tagged on May 3 off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, but for more than a month the shark has swum away from the United States and closer to the Island.

Yesterday morning, the shark surfaced around 100 miles to the east southeast of the Island.

The 14ft 6in shark is the second great white tagged by Ocearch to pass by the Island in recent months. Mary-Lee, a 20ft shark first tagged off the coast of Cape Cod, came within miles of the Island in February.

The massive predators have a reputation as maneaters, due in large part to the blockbuster film Jaws, but they do not typically target people.

Little is known about the animal’s movements, but sharks have been known to migrate thousands of miles.

Useful website: sharks-ocearch.verite.com

100 miles away: Lydia the shark

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Published April 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 20, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Shark may pass to the east of Bermuda

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