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Shark sails around Brighton Beach

Shark Week returns for Brooklyn—sort of.

A 100-pound hammerhead shark was spotted on radar near Brighton Beach early in the morning Monday, August 17.

Elias, a shark nearly seven-feet long, appeared on OCEARCH’s shark radar at 8:08 a.m. Monday morning, less than two weeks after it hung out a few hundred feet from the Jersey Shore waterline.

OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that collects data on great white sharks and other large apex predators, installs a tracking device on the fins of sharks that they capture, which register pings once a shark’s fin breaks the surface of the water. With the tagging device, OCEARCH monitors the sharks’ health, in addition to its movements so they do not bump into the public.

According to the group, the data it collects are shared with collaborating institutions that utilize them to conduct studies that are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

A man named Dave Grime caught Elias on July 19 in the Carl Darenberg Memorial Shark’s Eye Tournament in Montauk.

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