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There’s a nursery of nine great white sharks off the coast of Long Island

By Rebecca Fontana

If the colder weather isn’t enough to keep you out of the water, how about this: It’s been confirmed that there’s a great white shark nursery off the coast of Long Island’s Montauk Point.

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Sharks have already been spotted at Coney Island, Rockaway Beach and the Jersey Shore, but this is the first nursery in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Last week, nine newborn sharks were found in the waters. But all baby animals are adorable, right?

They’ve been tagged by OCEARCH, a nonprofit group of shark experts, so their location and behavior can be moderated. They may migrate south as it gets colder here, and they’ll most likely head out to deeper waters as they get older and bigger. (They’re about five feet long now.)

You can see the real-time tracking of the sharks here—as of this afternoon, sharks named Hampton and Gratitude were right by Montauk Point. You can also get more information on each shark’s personal bio. For example, Teddy is an adorable White Shark who’s named after Theodore Roosevelt. According to his dating app profile, er, official shark profile, he enjoys traveling up the coast of Long Island, he's immature for his age and he's 5.4 feet without heels.

Photograph: Courtesy OCEARCH

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