Lydia, a nearly 15-foot-long great white shark, is currently lurking in the ocean waters that lay atop the underwater mountain system known as the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The ridge is the designated geographical dividing line between the east and west Atlantic.
If Lydia swims just a little farther east, she’ll become the first great white shark to be documented crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
“No white sharks have crossed from west to east or east to west,” Dr. Gregory Skomal, a biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries, told BBC News.
Lydia was first tagged off the Florida coast as part of a research project headed by Ocearch, a non-profit dedicated to the study of great white sharks.