Possibly pregnant, 1,600-pound great white shark tracked off Va. coast

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (WAVY) — A 1,600-pound, great white shark that may be pregnant was tracked by the organization OCEARCH off the coast of Virginia Thursday morning. 

According to the non-profit’s website, Miss Costa’s dorsal fin breached the water’s surface around 9 a.m., pinging her location in the Atlantic Ocean.

When the shark’s dorsal fin containing the tracking tag breaks the surface of the water, it is able to transmit a signal to an overhead satellite. Then the transmission sends back estimated location. 

Based on their tracking map, it appears the shark has been hanging out far off of the coast of Virginia Beach this week. OCEARCH tells 10 On Your Side they can’t get an exact location for Miss Costa, but she is approximately 100 to 150 miles of the coast. 

A tweet posted by OCEARCH on Aug. 6 says Miss Costa’s recent movements suggested she may be pregnant.

OCEARCH Founder Chris Fischer tweeted if she doesn’t return to Cape Cod in the coming month, she’s likely pregnant and we could see where she gives birth next May or June. 

Miss Costa was first tagged by the research group near Nantucket back in 2016. Since then, they have been able to track over 8,000 miles of her travels. 

The shark was named after OCEARCH’s long time partner, Costa Sunglasses, according to OCEARCH’s website

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