A non-profit studying great white shark migration patterns wrapped up its latest expedition off the coast of the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
OCEARCH tags and samples great white sharks in hopes of learning more about why they seem to be spending the winter months in the region.
A News 3 crew was on board last Friday when OCEARCH caught a 12-foot great white that they named Helena, for nearby St. Helena Island in Beaufort County. The tracker in her fin will transmit a signal to a satellite when it is above the ocean’s surface and the public can follow her travels on Twitter or the OCEARCH website.
Hey world, I’m Helena the shark! @OCEARCH gave me a fancy new SPOT tag that will track me as I travel around the Atlantic. Get all my updates here! pic.twitter.com/Rvk2EAkoCC— Helena the Shark (@helena_shark) February 23, 2019
OCEARCH says the samples will contribute to 17 studies, including those being conducted by Georgia Southern University and the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
The public is invited to tour the research vessel. It will be docked near the 100 block of Savannah’s River Street in front of Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. The hours for tours will be 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Here’s the report filed on the day the shark was caught and released: