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JD the Shark Pings Off New Jersey Coast: OCEARCH

Keep your eyes peeled, Barnegat Light, New Jersey. A shark pup named JD has surfaced off the coast.

Nonprofit shark-tracking group OCEARCH tweeted that the small, five-foot, 74-pound white shark is in the waters. JD pinged on their tracking system at 6:51 a.m. Wednesday.

JD is a young, male, white shark who was first tagged on August 14 in Montauk, New York. Since then, JD has made his way south to the waters off New Jersey.

This summer season multiple sharks have ‘pinged’ near New Jersey including Cisco, Mary Lee and Hilton.

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According to OCEARCH, when a shark’s dorsal fin breaks through the water, it sends a signal to a satellite. This is what their term 'ping' means, and this is how OCEARCH knows the sharks are at the surface of the waters near us.

OCEARCH's goal in tracking sharks is so people #DontFearTheFin.

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