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Australian Joan of Shark: Largest great white shark ever tagged closes beach

Australian Joan of Shark seen here when researchers tagged the beast.
Department of Fisheries Western Australia

The Australian Joan of Shark, which is a name dubbed for this huge great white shark, was spotted a bit too close a popular beach. This sighting prompted officials to close the beach to keep folks away from this mammoth preditor. Joan of Shark is about 16-feet long and weighs about 1.8 tons, she is not someone you want to run into while taking a morning swim.

According to NBC News on April 17, it was the local fisherman that gave the shark its nickname and it happened to stick. This great white shark is tagged so authorities know when she is in the area. The alert came in after the satellite picked up a signal that put the shark off the shore of Albany, Western Australia.

The authorities immediately warned the public to stay out of the water. Joan of Shark is the largest great white shark to be tagged with an electronic device that keeps track of her movement. This particular shark was caught and tagged externally with a tracking device that Fisheries protection officers injected onto the shark’s body. This was done so the authorities could track her.

Three weeks later she was caught again and more sophisticated technology was used that will allow this shark to be tracked for the next decade. This new tracking device was placed in the stomach of the great white.

The Inquisitr reports that when the alert went off warning that the Joan of Shark was near the shore, a group of researchers hopped aboard a boat and went to see if they could find the monster. They were able to capture a picture of the great white.

There is a network on the seabed that consists of 300 monitors that will let the people tracking the shark know where she is at any given moment. Officials from the state department of fisheries said that they believe the shark came in so close to the beach after smelling a humpback whale that was beached nearby.

The great white sharks are considered “highly intelligent” and “curious creatures” and their senses are very well developed. With a mouth that houses 300 sharp teeth, this is not a predator that you want to run into while you are in the water. They swim at speeds up to 15 mph. These huge creatures can come completely airborne when jumping out of the water.