This is a community discussions and information article on sightings of great white sharks along the NC coast and beaches. Readers are encouraged to both subscribe to and use the discussion form below to insert new information in to this document. If you’re a researcher or other person with an agency or non-profit who routinely studies sharks near these waters, please contact us so we can set you up with a verified account. We hope you’ll share this page with family and friends on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so others can get involved and learn more.
Information we hope to learn more about includes the time of the year these sharks are swimming near the NC beaches, mating habits along this local area, specific science research being used to study these animals, and specific times researchers will be tagging these animals.
Latest Sightings And Locations
This section will be populated on a monthly routine with information about known sharks swimming along our coast. Additionally, in the section when we use a name, it always indicates the name of the shark already tagged and being tracked by scientist.
November 18, 2020: Nukumi made the news recently after the 3,541 pound shark started sending signals back to OCEARCH letting scientist know she was in NC waters. Nukumi is one of the largest tagged by OCEARCH as was observed swimming between Wilmington and Buxton on the Outer Banks.
November 9: A 1,124 pound male by the name Sydney measuring 12 feet 2 inches is now due east of Carolina Beach NC.
November 2020: There is a considerable cluster of 4 between Nags Head and Cape Hatteras NC, with two being male (named Brunswick and Monomoy) and two being female (named Miss May and Rose). One of the females measures 10 feet 5 inches and weighs 600 lbs.
November 2020: There is one male great white shark (named Hirtle) about 37 miles off Cape Lookout measuring 10 feet 9 inches. Additionally, there is a female (named Edithe) swimming 40 miles off the Brunswick County and New Hanover County beaches weighing 1,185 lbs and measuring 11 feet 8 inches.
Local Area Information
Historic locations where these animals ping after being tagged include the Brunswick County beaches, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, and extensively near Carteret County, Cape Lookout, and the Outer Banks near Cape Hatteras, Nags Head, and the Currituck beaches.
The goal of this article is to learn what times of the year these animals swim along our waters and why.
What are some current research efforts underway and what are scientist studying these animals hoping to learn about their travels up and down the east coast, about their mating habits and behaviors, and what can humans learn about these creatures?
Why do female great white sharks tend to be more plentiful along the NC coast compared to male?
What is some specific information about our state and local waters which is unique and interesting about these animals? What are some questions you have?
As a researcher or scientist who studies these animals, what are some volunteer opportunities people reading this article can learn more about and get involved in?
How long do the tags placed on sharks typically ping out to show the location of these animals that travel along the Outer Banks and southern beaches? How often do these sharks actually swim in to the Pamlico Sound and Albemarle Sound?
What information do humans need to learn about the behaviors of great white sharks found on the east coast and should they be scared to swim at local area beaches when sightings are reported?