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12-foot tiger shark pings off the coast of North Carolina

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A 12-foot tiger shark named Chessie “pinged” off the coast of North Carolina last week, according to WECT.

The TV station reported that the 1,200 pound predator pinged early Thursday morning in the Cape Fear River near Kure Beach.

Researchers at Ocearch tagged Chessie earlier this year off the coast of South Carolina. She’s traveled about a 1,000 miles since then.

A “ping” is determined when the tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite, according to Ocearch. The transmission then sends back an estimated location of the shark.

Ocearch is dedicated to tracking the movement and study the behavior and health of sharks in the deep blue sea.

Ocearch tracks several other sharks, many of whom have been spotted off the North Carolina coast, including Mary Lee, Katherine and Genie.