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Large tiger shark tagged with transmitter off Carolina coast

(Source: DNR) (Source: DNR)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources reported that somewhere off the Carolina coast is a large shark wearing a transmitter. Twenty-seven tiger sharks have been tagged in Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds; twelve have been fitted with satellite tags.

DNR biologists have recently deployed a satellite transmitter on a 12-foot female tiger shark in Port Royal Sound.  "Harry Ette" is the latest animal to be tagged using technology to answer questions about the species and the importance of South Carolina waters to its success. 

According to SCDNR, large coastal sharks have generally suffered declines along the Atlantic coast in the late 1990's, however recent surveys have suggested the number of distinctly-patterned tiger sharks along the East Coast is increasing.

Lack of data has made it difficult to understand these animals in the Atlantic Ocean until recently. Harry Ette is the twelfth tiger shark with a satellite transmitter off the South Carolina coast. 

Each time a female tiger dorsal fins breaks the ocean's surface, data is logged and used for a story on how tiger sharks use the sounds of southern South Carolina.

The recent captures of Harry Ette, along with another female tiger shark, both with fresh mating wounds, are leading them to believe that Port Royal Sound and South Carolina near shore waters are likely important to the reproductive cycles of tiger sharks, or even function as a mating area.  

To track Harry-Ette and all of the other tiger sharks tagged in South Carolina, tap here.

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