HATTERAS ISLAND, NC — From a brewing hurricane kicking up the surf to a great white shark hanging out along the shore, this is proving to be an interesting week for beachgoers in North Carolina.
Tuesday afternoon, Tropical Storm Chris continued to churn more than 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, with winds of about 70 miles per hour, according to forecasters. While the storm isn’t expected to make direct landfall in the Tar Heel State, rough surf and outer rain and wind bands of up to 20 miles per hour are anticipated along the coast and the Outer Banks this week.
The rough weather, however, hasn’t been a deterrent for Hilton, a 1,326-pound great white shark that was tracked July 8 about five miles off the Hatteras Island beach near Avon, N.C.
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The 12-foot-long shark, that was caught and tagged by OCEARCH in March 2017 off the coast of Hilton Head, S.C., was named after the community. He is tagged with a fin transmitter that, when he breaks the surface, relays his location, the AP reported.
Since his tagging, Hilton has logged nearly 12,000 miles.
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This isn’t the first time Hilton has made a summertime appearance along North Carolina’s shoreline. Almost one year ago exactly, he was tracked about 30 miles east of Nags Head, N.C.
Want to track him? Hilton has his own Twitter account, and already has more than 36,000 followers. You can follow his path along the Carolina coast via the Global Shark Tracker here.
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