OCEARCH tags Nukumi, a 1

7-foot great white shark on October 2, when it was off Nova Scotia.


Nukumi, a large white mammoth-sized female shark wearing a satellite tag on its dorsal fin, arrived on the coast of New Jersey.

Pronounced “noo-goo-mee”, Nukumi “ping” at 7:58 on Saturday evening when she was off the coast of Monmouth County, closer to the underground gorges than the coastline.

The Nukumi measures 17 feet-2 inches, and 3,541 pounds, making her one of the biggest predators in the ocean.

She was tagged by OCEARCH on October 2, while swimming off the southern coast of Nova Scotia, during the group’s month-long expedition to the Canadian coast that ended on October 6.

OCEARCH is a non-profit research group that is placing satellite tracking tags on great white sharks to gather information for science about the animal’s life cycle. The group started their work in 2007.

Shark movements are tracked in real time with OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracking app. A “ping” sound occurs when the animal’s dorsal fin stays above the water long enough for the satellite to recognize its location. The location is then marked on the app.

The team also took biological samples, such as bacteria found in the shark’s mouth, that could help treat bitten victims.

The researchers estimate that Nukumi is over 50 years old and can give birth to up to 100 baby rats during his lifetime. Until now, there is still much to learn about the great white shark’s reproductive cycle.

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Her name alludes to the wise old woman of the same name told in legend by the Native American Mi’kmaq, a culture deeply rooted in the Canadian Maritime provinces.

Chris Fischer, the head of the OCEARCH expedition team and founding chairman, told the press last month that the name “just came to us. It’s a fitting name, she is a matriarchal. . “

Her legacy, he said, could be hundreds of large children.

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Fischer, who has observed her tagging, said she has suffered heart wounds from her life in the ocean. He observed scars on her face and stomach, which he said were most likely caused by fighting seals and pups.

At the age of 50 or so, she also slipped past fishermen in the 1970s and 1980s when hunting great white sharks were considered brave and with no protection for this fish. Now they are illegal to catch in the United States

Fischer says Nukumi is “winning the war of natural selection” and that the great white shark population needs more of her genetics to pass on.

The Nukumi is the largest white shark that OCEARCH has tagged in the western Atlantic. She is older than the great white shark Mary Lee.

Mary Lee was 16 feet tall and 3,456 pounds when she was tagged in 2012 off Cape Cod. Her satellite card didn’t work in 2017 when she was near Beach Haven. Fischer told the press later that the battery in her card was probably dead.

The battery usually lasts 5 years, although the battery in Katherine’s card, a 2,300-pound female white shark that OCEARCH tagged in 2013, is still ringing. Katherine’s location is just south of the Jersey coast on Saturday.

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Nukumi has traveled 991 miles since she was tagged. She may be migrating to the southeastern coast of the United States, a similar route that Mary Lee and Katherine pointed out to take.

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When Dan Radel, of Jersey Shore descent, does not report him, you can find him in a college classroom, where he is a professor of history. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072;

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