A 12-foot tiger shark may have slipped past locals, but it made an appearance in Ocean City over the weekend according to a non-profit that studies sharks.
Septima a 1,000-pound, 12-foot-8-inch female shark tagged by researchers at Ocearch surfaced twice in the Isle of Wight Bay, which empties into the Atlantic at the inlet, between 2:29 and 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 1, according to tracking equipment managed by the non-profit.
Ocearch tagged the mature shark on May 30 this year and has tracked its movements since, with pings along the Atlantic Coast from the Carolinas to the New Jersey area, where it was last recorded on Monday afternoon. It tends to frequent the waters between the mouth of the Chesapeake and Cape May — commonly staying far offshore.
Ocearch's shark tracker follows a number of sharks around the globe. None of them has come as close to Ocean City as Septima during its visit last weekend.
Septima isn't the first shark to come calling along mid-Atlantic shores lately. A fisherman encountered a great white and a teen was bitten by a shark at Cape Henlopen in June, and a bull shark was spotted at Sandy Point State Park in late July.
Tiger sharks can grow to twice the size of Septima, and are second only to great whites in attacks on people, according to National Geographic.