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Pip Cook & Liam Buckler

Monster 13ft 'Jumbo Jaws' Great White Shark spotted on radar in shallow waters

A Great White Shark nicknamed "Jumbo Jaws" has been spotted swimming close to shallow waters in North Carolina.

The monster, measuring 13 feet seven inches and weighing in at 121 stone, was identified on a radar transmitter last week in the United States - in the state of North Carolina.

The shark is named Mahone and was first tagged off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada in October 2020, the Express reported.

The Great White Shark has since been tracked by scientists swimming up and down the north US coast.

The radar has identified him multiple times along the coast of North Carolina over the past year and a half, with scientists believing the animal might be visiting the area in search of a friend.

The huge shark was detected close to the shore (Ocearch)

The incredible creature is one of three large great white sharks that have been tracked by researchers from OCEARCH, who track sharks across the world’s oceans using transmitters, the Express reports.

Scientists use transmitters which releases a signal when a shark spends enough time at the surface of the water for satellites to accurately pick up its location.

They are also tracking another Great White Shark named Ulysses.

This shark is a 12-foot long monster weighing 990 pounds (70 stone) who was spotted off the same coast just days before Mahone on April 6.

In addition, another 10-foot long, 715 pound (51 stone) Great White dubbed Tancook was tracked near the Canadian island of the same name on April 9.

OCEARCH recently launched a new sea expedition around North and South Carolina to investigate a theory that Great Whites migrate to the area to mate each year from all over the West Atlantic ocean.

Researchers are investigating whether Great White Sharks travel to North Carolina to mate (Getty Images)

Chief Scientist Dr Bob Hueter said: "A last critical piece of the puzzle - when & where these sharks are mating - is within our grasp.

“All of our science points to the area off the Carolinas in late winter as the place where the adults come together to mate, so that's where we're heading."

Scientists will continue monitoring the creatures to see whether their behaviour follows a pattern.

There have been more recent discoveries of the creatures prowling in pairs near Mexico’s Guadalupe Island.

Scientists were surprised to find the animals patrolling waters near the island in pairs, often spending more than an hour swimming together.

The scientists want to know why the typically solitary animals were spending time together, with researchers suggesting they could be sharing information about the location of prey or hunting skills.

The information relayed back to the scientists is essential as the growing number of fatal attacks by Great White Sharks have made headlines around the world in recent months.

In South Africa recently, two swimmers were killed by a Great White Shark of April 4.

The savaged body of a man washed up in La Lucia beach in Durban, while the other body was spotted but taken away by the current.

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