Tiger shark caught for 2nd time by same fisherman

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — It seems a huge tiger shark named Chessie likes the South Carolina coast.

Local news outlets report the 1,400-pound shark tagged a year ago was caught again this week off Hilton Head Island by the same fisherman.

Fisherman Chip Michalove first caught Chessie, named for the nearby Chechessie River, in May 2015. On Wednesday, he caught the shark about a half-mile offshore.

Chessie has traveled 2,000 miles in the past year and also gained some weight. The shark weighed 1,200 pounds last year.

The tracking is a project of the nonprofit OCEARCH, which works to learn about the movement of sharks. It’s most famous subject is Mary Lee, a 3,500-pound tagged great white that routinely makes the news as it wanders along the East Coast.

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