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A shark tagged off the coast of Massachusetts has spent several days in Bermudian waters.

Merlin, a 196lb male blue shark, was tagged by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in November.

Since then, the 7ft 10in shark has been tracked swimming farther from the US coast.

According to Ocearch's online global shark tracker, the shark turned towards the island last month.

For the past few days, the shark has been swimming south of the island, surfacing within 50 miles of Bermuda.

Merlin was named after the mythological Welsh wizard by students at the Birches School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The shark is the latest of several sharks tracked to Bermudian waters by Ocearch.

In 2013, Mary Lee, a 16ft, 3,456lb Great White, was tracked to within just ten miles of the island.

She was followed months later by another Great White, Lydia, who came within 150 miles of Bermuda.

Coming close: shark is within 50 miles of island

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Published February 22, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated February 22, 2018 at 8:04 am)

Blue shark Merlin now off coast of Bermuda

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