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NC - She's Back! Massive Great White Shark Has Paid a Return Visit to the North Carolina Coast

A huge great white shark that stopped by coastal North Carolina late last year has paid a return visit to the region.

Researchers at OCEARCH said Nukumi, a 17-feet-long female weighing 3,541 lbs., pinged in two times off the coast of the Cape Fear region Tuesday morning.

Nukumi was tagged in Canada in October and pinged at Wilmington and Buxton on Hatteras Island last November.

Researchers named her "Nukumi", pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi'kmaq people -- a culture that has deep roots in Canadian Maritime provinces.

Nukumi is the sixth great white shark sampled during Ocearch’s Expedition Nova Scotia in October, and researchers said at 17 feet 2 inches long, she is the largest they have identified in the Northwest Atlantic white shark study to date.