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A 10-foot great white shark is lurking off the Outer Banks

Meet Amy: Hilton Head's 'friendly' 10-foot great white shark

Chip Michalove, owner of Outcast Sport Fishing, tagged a 10-foot great white shark off the coast of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December. Here's an up close look at the shark he named "Amy."
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Chip Michalove, owner of Outcast Sport Fishing, tagged a 10-foot great white shark off the coast of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in December. Here's an up close look at the shark he named "Amy."

A monster great white shark in the 10-foot range has been spotted off North Carolina's Emerald Isle and appears to be moving north up the coast.

The discovery was made by satellite tracker at 2:47 a.m. Thursday.

Known as Amy, the shark is one of several being tracked by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a research and education effort that is working to unravel mysteries surrounding the behavior and biology of white sharks along the East Coast.

The conservancy says white sharks are often "misrepresented and misunderstood."

Great whites are the largest predatory fish on earth, growing to an average of 15 feet, though specimens longer than 20 feet and weighing 5,000 pounds have been recorded, according to National Geographic.

Their mouths are lined with up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth arranged in several rows, and they account for one-third to a half of the world's 100-plus annual shark attacks, says National Geographic.

The shark was tagged in December with Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries' Greg Skomal and Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing in Hilton Head. The shark is being tracked by pings, which occur when a tagged shark's dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite overhead.

Amy pinged off the coast of Myrtle Beach in early February, leading to a belief it is staying in the region.

Michalove told the Port City Daily he believes the shark is 10 feet long and about 10 years old.

Fishermen with Outcast Sport Fishing tagged and released their fifth great white shark of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Owner Chip Michalove said he works with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to equip the sharks with the tags so the

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This great white shark circled Chip Michalove's boat for about 45 mins. She would do multiple trips around the boat, then leave for 10 minutes, but always came back, said Michalove, who called the shark an "amazing fish!"

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