Giant shark spotted off JBay

Great white shark
Photo: Dirk Schmidt

A massive 5.1 m Great White shark appeared in the waters off Jeffreys Bay on Tuesday.

The shark was “pinged” about 400m offshore and inbetween the Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park and the “Sand Kasteel”.

The female shark weighs about 1.6 tons and is a mature female Great White, and was tagged at Struis Baai in May 2012 as part of the controversial Ocearch project.

The shark was named Success and has travelled from Madacascar and appeared near Durban on 15 June before travelling down the coast to Jeffreys Bay.

Success has since moved on towards Plettenberg Bay, a journey which has been met with relief by local JBay surfers.

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Shark Name: Success

Species: Carcharodon carcharias

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Gender: Female

Stage of Life: Mature

Length: 16ft 7in (5.1 meters)

Weight: 3583 lbs (approx. 1.6 tons).

Tag Date: 22 May 2012

Tag Location: Struisbaai

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