A great white shark wasn’t in the Chesapeake or its tributaries over the weekend

Tancook is the name given to a great white shark by the people at OCEARCH, an organization that puts tracking devices on sharks and provides the ability for people to see where the sharks are in real time.

Social media was abuzz with recent reports of Tancook in a couple of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay – on Friday, the shark pinned pretty far up on the James River and later in the weekend, in the mouth of the Wicomico, according to OCEARCH’s website.

Great white sharks, also known as white sharks, don’t typically travel up the Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries so it’s understandable why so many people were surprised by the pings on OCEARCH’s website and how at least one of the social media posts went viral.

But Tancook didn’t visit the Chesapeake or its tributaries.

“It looks like the ping of Tancook in the Chesapeake Bay was a bad location ping,” explained Paige Finney, communications specialist for OCEARCH. “After evaluating the ping shortly after showing up on the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker, our data team removed it. We receive a variety of quality pings and sometimes our system doesn’t filter out pings that we consider low quality. We are awaiting Tancook’s next ping in order to get a better idea about his location. ”

We wish Tancook, as well as his fellow sharks, happy and safe travels.

Donna L. Cole is a award-winning multimedia and investigative reporter.

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