1,200 lb. tiger shark tracked off Virginia, N.C. coasts

photo courtesy of Ocearch.org

ATLANTIC OCEAN (WAVY) — A large tiger shark was swimming off the coast of Virginia early Thursday morning, according to an online database that tracks the location of dozens of sharks around the globe.

photo courtesy of Ocearch.org
photo courtesy of Ocearch.org

Chessie, a 1,200 pound female tiger shark, was tracked just east of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. She sent a ping at 6:43 a.m.

According to OCEARCH.org, the 12-foot-long mature shark has been off the local coastline for four days. She was tracked at more than 10 different locations off the Outer Banks since June 14.

The website says Chessie hails from the Chechessee River in Port Royal Sound, S.C. and she was tagged on May 18. Since then, Chessie has traveled 1,563 miles.

You can track Chessie here: http://www.ocearch.org/#Home

You can follow a Twitter account dedicated to Chessie here: https://twitter.com/ChessieShark

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