The shark is named after West
Ironbound islanad near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where it was first seen.

According to OCEARCH, a nonprofit marine research group that provides open-source data about shark migration...

...revealed that the shark is is 12 feet, 4 inches long and weighs an approximately 998 pounds.

Ironbound was first tagged on October 3, 2019, in the waters around Nova Scotia. 

OCEARCH captures and fits sharks with a tracker that sends messages whenever they break the ocean surface.

"Mating season is finished, we think, and Ironbound is on his way north to get into some good feeding ground and build up again for the following year," Hueter said.

Shark populations fell sharply over the last four decades, but these sharks started to rebound on the East Coast.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classified these animals as vulnerable due to overfishing.

OCEARCH obtain this data to learn about migration patterns and uncover interesting details about shark lives.

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