CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A great white shark called “Scratchy” has returned to ocean waters off Cape Cod.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the 13-foot-long male shark was detected near Monomoy Island in Chatham last weekend and on Thursday morning by devices that read electronic tracking tags. Scratchy was tagged last year.
White shark detected today on the shark cove receiver (off Monomoy)! It was a shark tagged last Aug. named Scratchy. pic.twitter.com/ggx1WkpLLR
— Atlantic White Shark (@A_WhiteShark) June 16, 2016
It was the first detection of a great white shark off Cape Cod this year. The first shark detection last year was July 13.
Scratchy got its name for all the scratches from seals it has.
The state Division of Marine Fisheries says researchers have tagged 80 white sharks off Cape Cod since 2009.