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'Jaws on tour' draws closer to our door

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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Lydia the Great White shark swam another 250 miles towards our shores yesterday, and became the first ever shark known to have crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge.

Scientists said it was "very exciting" to track the 15ft long shark, which they have been following for a year after she was caught, tagged and released again.

For the first 11 months, Lydia remained in the Caribbean and off the eastern seaboard of the US, but for the past few days she has been zig-zagging her way north east and appears to be heading our way.

"She's just short of 800 miles away from your coast now but in the grand scheme of things that really isn't far for her. It's all very exciting," said Dr Gregory Skomal, leading the Ocearch project. "It's hard to say how long it might take her to get there. If she decides she wants to get to England she could get there in days. Having said that, she is quite likely to meander. It could take her days, it could take her months, or it might not happen at all. I think it would be great to see her turn up in the UK though," he added.

"I have no idea what to expect from her next. I've been working with sharks for a very long time now and I have never seen anything like this. It's anyone's guess where she is going to go next but she has been heading east so she might continue to do so.

"Lydia is now the first recorded shark to cross the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the last day we've had quite a few recordings after a little break. This is probably because she's starting to come a little higher up, where the water is warmer."

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