An eight-foot white shark named Savannah may be among the visitors to the Myrtle Beach area this weekend, according to a research organization that tracks the creatures.
According to OCEARCH, Savannah is an 8-foot, 460-pound female white shark.
OCEARCH’s Twitter page for Savannah playfully reported her whereabouts on Thursday.
The first tweet indicating Savannah was in the Myrtle Beach area was sent Tuesday.
If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach soon and worried about running into Savannah, don’t, says one of OCEARCH’s expedition leaders.
“Tracking data suggests (great whites) may prefer coastal waters to open ocean, but people shouldn’t be nervous,” Chris Fischer, OCEARCH’s founding chairman, told The Island Packet in March. “They’re not interacting with people. We’re not on the menu.”
The research group has caught, tagged and tracked 22 great white sharks in the Atlantic since 2012.
Savannah was tagged on March 5 near Hilton Head, according to OCEARCH. She’s traveled more than 200 miles since being tagged, but most of that was in the waters off the Lowcountry coast.
OCEARCH tracks the sharks in the wild using tagging devices attached to the fish’s dorsal fin during a 15-minute procedure in which the sharks are brought onto a boat fitted for the purpose. The tracking devices send signals to a satellite when the sharks break the surface of the water long enough (about 90 seconds) to send three “pings.”