Cabot the great white shark says goodbye to Long Island Sound
Fear not, beachgoers. Cabot the great white shark appears to be making his way away from Long Island.
The nearly 10-foot-long shark weighs over 530 pounds and even has his own Twitter handle.
The nonprofit ocean research organization OCEARCH tracked him swimming in the Long Island Sound on Monday, just off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut.
On Tuesday, the group pinged him south of Long Island and west of Montauk.
OCEARCH says it is looking into Monday's GPS ping because it is so rare for a great white to end up in the Long Island Sound. It hasn't speculated on why Cabot ventured off the Connecticut coast, but many people at Smith Point County Park in Shirley had their own theories. Some include the change in weather, climate change in general, or different types of fish present in the Sound on which Cabot could feed.
But there is another theory. Marine science expert Chris Paparo says he doesn't think Cabot actually made it to the Sound, saying the shark pinged off of Westhampton a few hours after the Greenwich ping. He says that while it's unlikely Cabot or any great white would venture as far west in the Sound as the Greenwich coastline, water quality is improving and drawing more species of fish -- and perhaps even some sharks.
OCEARCH last tracked a great white in the Long Island Sound in 2016, but that satellite ping was far north and east of Riverhead.
As for Cabot, he was last tracked south of Hampton Bays and well off into the Atlantic Ocean.