Two juvenile white sharks pay a visit to the Pamlico Sound

OCEARCH tags, researches, and follows sharks all around the world. Photo by Chris Ross.

Two juvenile white sharks named Sarah and Tancook were recently tracked in the Pamlico Sound, per an update from the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker.

Sarah and Tancook are two of the sharks that are logged into Shark Tracker – an interactive program by the non-profit organization OCEARCH, which tags, researches, and follows sharks all around the world.

“Going into open bays is common,” stated OCEARCH Chief Scientist Dr. Bob Hueter in an online update. “What makes this intriguing is the narrow openings through the Outer Banks into [the] Pamlico Sound. Most are difficult to navigate. Wallace Channel to the south is a likely entrance/exit for them.”

Sarah, a 682 lbs. female who measures roughly 9.8 feet long, was first tagged on September 14, 2021, on Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia. Since then, she has traveled 2,305 miles before she was located in the Pamlico Sound, just south of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, on March 24 at around 10:00 p.m.

Tancook is a 715 lbs. male white shark who measures around 9.75 feet long. He was also tagged on Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, on September 22, 2021, and has traveled 3,531 in the months since. He was tracked at 11:30 p.m. on March 24, just east of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

The public can follow Sarah and Tancook, as well as hundreds of other sharks around the world, on the Global Tracker website at