Officials are tracking a hammerhead shark that has been spotted along several Jersey Shore beaches over the past few days.
“Elias,” the 100-pound hammerhead, surfaced less than three miles from the shore off Belmar, New Jersey Sunday morning. The 7-foot male shark has been swimming in the waters between Lavallette, New Jersey and the Highlands for the past week. Elias is tagged and is being tracked by OCEARCH for research.
Since he was tagged on July 19 off Montauk, New York, Elias has traveled 431 miles, according to the Asbury Park Press.
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OCEARCH is the same group of researchers that tracked Mary Lee, the Great White Shark. Mary Lee was spotted off the coast of the Jersey Shore in May and was also spotted in the water near New York.