OCEARCH tags Nukumi, a 17 foot great white shark on Oct. 2, when she was off Nova Scotia.


ASBURY PARK, N.J. – Nukumi, a mammoth-sized female great white shark wearing a satellite tag on her dorsal fin, has reached the New Jersey coast. 

Pronounced “noo-goo-mee,” Nukumi measures 17 feet 2 inches and weighs in at 3,541 pounds, making her among the largest of the apex predators in the ocean.

She was tagged by OCEARCH on Oct. 2, when she was swimming off the south coast of Nova Scotia, during the group’s month-long expedition to the Canadian coast.  

OCEARCH is a nonprofit research group that is placing satellite tracking tags on great white sharks to gather information for science on the shark’s life cycle. The group began its work in 2007. 

The shark’s movements are tracked in real time with OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker app.  A “ping” occurs when