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The 'world's biggest shark' nicknamed 'Ironbound' has travelled almost 13,500 miles, more than the distance between the UK and New Zealand, since it was tagged in October 2019.

The monster fish was caught on navigation systems swimming northbound on April 28, in an attempt to get to more plentiful feeding grounds, possibly as far north as Canada.

Most recently, he was spotted on May 3 when the adult male was much farther out in the Atlantic Ocean, due east of Philadelphia.

The 450kg great white is being monitored by researchers from Ocearch, who are keeping a close eye on the potential killer after it was also traced hanging about the Jersey Shore in recent days, a popular tourist destination.

Shore counties reported 48 million visitors in 2018.

But it is in Ironbound's nature to not hang around for long.

The latest pings on Ocearch radars show that the beast has already ditched life on the Jersey Shore for climes further south, around North Carolina. Click here to track his latest movements.

With 300 miles of barrier island beaches filled with lovely state parks, top restaurants and world-class golf courses, this coastline is also a hit with tourists.

  • Monster 450kg great white shark nicknamed 'Ironbound' spotted lurking in sea

In total, the shark has travelled 13,408 miles since it was tagged on October 3, 2019, 570 days ago.

The beast, which measures up at 12 foot 4 inches and is reported to weigh roughly 452kg (71 stone), is named after West Ironbound Island near Lunenburg, where it was tagged in October 2019 in waters around Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ironbound is fitted with a harmless tag that falls off after a few years.

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"Mating season is over, we think, and Ironbound is on his way north to get into some good feeding ground and bulk up again for the next year," Bob Hueter, chief scientist, Ocearch, told CNN.

The tracker has an error margin, meaning that the shark's precise location could be off by quite a few metres.

"That error bar can be the difference between one side of Long Island and the other," George Burgess, a marine biologist and director emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told Live Science in 2019.

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