Lydia the great white shark on course for Britain
Scientists are tracking Lydia's movements as she swims above the mid-Atlantic ridge, the ocean's halfway point
Lydia the great white shark is set to become the first of her species to be seen crossing from one side of the Atlantic Ocean to the other – heading in the direction of the UK.
The 4.4m-long female, which has been fitted with a satellite tag, is now swimming above the mid-Atlantic ridge, a rough boundary line between east and west, and is around 1, 600km (1, 000 miles) from the coast of Cornwall.
Lydia was first tagged off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013 as part of the Ocearch project. She has since travelled 30, 500km (19, 000 miles) and is currently around 4, 800km (3, 000 miles) from her starting point.
Dr Gregory Skomal, senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries, told BBC News: "No white sharks have crossed from west to east or east to west.
"Although Lydia is closer to Europe than North America, she technically does not cross the Atlantic until she crosses the mid-Atlantic ridge, which she has yet to do."
Dr Skomal added: "She would be the first documented white shark to cross into the eastern Atlantic."
The Ocearch project aims to "generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education".
The scientists use a custom-built 34,000kg (75,000lb) capacity hydraulic platform to tag sharks. Operated from their research vessel the M/V Ocearch, it allows them to safely lift mature sharks from the water.
Ocearch is currently tracking around 70 sharks.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...