If you’re heading to the beach this weekend, be careful going near the water. Dozens of great white sharks are now starting to swarm around the Carolina coast – including some of the biggest currently tracked in the Atlantic Ocean.
Researchers with OCEARCH are reporting a total of 23 Great Whites within 50 miles of the North Carolina Coastline that had previously tagged with electronic trackers.
6 of the sharks in the swarm are among the biggest ever tagged in the Atlantic, ranging in size from 10 feet to 15 feet in length.
“In our studies, we have tagged about 43 sharks. And six of the largest ones are off of the Carolinas,” OCEARCH’s Dr. Robert Hueter told CBS News.
The biggest of the group, Luna, at 15 feet and 2,137 pounds, is now swimming dangerously close to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
This video of Luna was captured just off the coast of Charleston by a group of amateur fishermen (footage of Luna begins at 2:45):
If you’re on swimming at any North Carolina beaches in the next few weeks, experts recommend taking extra precautions, including removing all shiny jewelry, wearing magnetic shark repellents, and avoiding wearing colorful swimsuits.
Your risk will increase if you go near the water at dusk or at night.