Monster shark has been lurking off local coast

By P.J. Reilly 8:02am, August 21, 2014 - Updated 8:05am, August 21, 2014
From, a tagged, 1,000-pound tiger shark has been lurking near some popular beaches in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware
Her name is Septima. She's a 13-foot, 1,000-pound tiger shark, and she's been hanging around some of the most popular beaches of New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

And she hasn't been swimming 50 miles out to sea. She's been right up close to shore.

In one case, she even swam into the Isle of Wight Bay behind Ocean City, Md.

OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization that tracks great whites and other large sharks, planted a transmitter on Septima after catching her May 30 off the coast of South Carolina.

The transmitter "pings" the shark's location to a satellite whenever the shark's dorsal fin breaks the water's surface.

Well Septima has been pinging like crazy this summer, and she has shown a great affinity for inshore locations near local beaches.

Since Septima was tagged, she has traveled a total of 3,653 miles. But much of that distance has been in a back-and-forth pattern in the New Jersey-Maryland-Delaware vicinity.

To follow Septima's travels, and learn more about her, click here.

P.J. Reilly is an outdoors columnist for

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