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Recently tagged great white sharks ‘pinging’ off Cape Breton

Sydney The Shark pinged off Louisbourg on Sunday, while Murdoch revealed his position sometime Friday, meaning the sharks have not strayed far from the area where Ocearch first installed it’s electronic tracking device.
Sydney The Shark pinged off Louisbourg on Sunday, while Murdoch revealed his position sometime Friday, meaning the sharks have not strayed far from the area where Ocearch first installed it’s electronic tracking device. - Contributed
SYDNEY, N.S. —

The first two sharks tagged off Cape Breton by a Florida-based research team have already sent out satellite tracking signals.

Sydney The Shark pinged off Louisbourg on Sunday, while Murdoch revealed his position sometime Friday, meaning the sharks have not strayed far from the area where Ocearch first installed it’s electronic tracking device.

Like other sharks pinged by Ocearch, Sydney and Murdoch have Twitter accounts (@Sydney_TheShark, @Murdochtheshark) and have been tweeting recently.

“Got my first ping off! Don’t worry, I haven’t gone far … way too many seals here to leave so soon,” the account for Sydney posted on Monday morning.

“Hope you’re all ready for some pings. Now that I have this tracker thing figured out, I’m planning on sending out a ton! I’m off the coast of Louisbourg right now.”

Murdoch’s latest tweet on Friday was simply: “Nature is amazing.”

Last week, the research group that catches great whites, collects samples and affixes satellite tags to their dorsal fins was working along Scatarie Island and Hay Island.

They first caught and tagged Sydney, a 3.71 metre male weighing 544 kilograms, on Sept. 16 and named it ‘Sydney’ after the Cape Breton community.

Murdoch, a 3.68 metre male, was tagged near the same area on Sept. 17 and was swimming near Port Morien on Friday.

A third shark was tagged on Friday and named Unama’ki. 4.3 metre female has yet to surface since being tagged.

Go online to ocearch.com — specifically here — to track all the sharks tagged by the Ocearch team.

The Ocearch team is currently travelling south back to West Ironbound Island and will wrap up its Nova Scotia expedition Oct. 4.

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