Hell’s Bay, a male mako shark, has shattered records by traveling the equivalent of halfway around the globe over the course of 600 days. The shark swam more than 13,000 miles in the longest recorded journey through the Atlantic Ocean by a mako shark tagged by researchers, according to the experts tracking him at Nova Southeastern University.
“We’ve had some of our tagged makos take some pretty interesting tracks over the years, but this one swims above the rest,” Mahmood Shivji, professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and director at the university’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), said in a statement.
Hell’s Bay was tagged by researchers off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, back in May 2015, and in the shark’s first year of travel after that, he swam north along the U.S. east coast. This past year, he stayed near the coast of Maryland before heading north to Nova Scotia, then down just south of Bermuda, before coming right back to Ocean City.
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