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12ft Tiger shark tagged

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Chessie during the tagging process OCEARCH

A massive tiger shark has been tagged of Hilton Head South Carolina.  The 12 ft female was caught by Bryan Frazier of the South Carolina DNR on charter boat Outcast which was captained by Chip Michalove.  She was named Chessie after the Chechessee River and was fitted with an OCEARCH tracking tag.

1,200 lbs 12ft Tiger Shark ChessieOCEARCH
1,200 lbs 12ft Tiger Shark  OCEARCH

Chessie weighs in at a massive 1,200 lbs. keep in mind, an average tiger weighs in at around 300 to 500 pounds, so this shark is the largest tagged on the East Coast.  Michalove said “Her head is as big as a great white’s head”.

Collecting data OCEARCH
Collecting data OCEARCH

Since she was tagged on May 18, the data on her movements has already started being mapped.  Every time the tag breaks the water’s surface, a ping is marked on the OCEARCH tracking map.  It appears she has a territory she likes, centering just south of Charleston near Kiawah Island. Although she has ventured out into deep waters.

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