Saturday, March 25, 2023

12-foot great white shark tracked off Virginia Beach coast

Hilton, a 12-foot male great white, was reported off the coast of Bald Head Island Friday morning. (Courtesy of OCEARCH)

Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, a 12-foot great white shark was tracked swimming off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The 1,326-pound shark — named Hilton after the town where he was originally discovered, Hilton Head, S.C. — was tracked by OCEARCH, an organization that specializes in tracking and studying marine species.

The shark was tagged by OCEARCH on March 3. Since that time, he’s traveled 3,233 miles up and down the east coast, venturing as far north as the Eastern Shore.

Hilton swam near Virginia Beach after a short stay off the coast of the Outer Banks, NC, on July 16 and 17.

To follow Hilton’s journey, visit

This article was published in partnership with WYDaily’s sister publication, Southside Daily. 

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