1,000-pound great white shark scaling East Coast

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Ironbound comes in at 12.4 feet long and nearly 1,000 pounds

Ironbound comes in at 12.4 feet long and nearly 1,000 pounds

Ocearch

Researchers are keeping an eye on several sharks, swordfish and other marine life along the eastern coasts of the United States and Canada, and there's one big fella making his way around.

Ironbound is a 12.4-foot great white shark that last weighed in at 998 pounds and a virtual tracking of his journeys online last had him pinged off the coast of North Carolina yesterday, May 9. 

OCEARCH, a nonprofit that tracks marine life, is keeping a close eye on the giant shark.

And if you're wondering where Ironbound got his name — it comes from the West Ironbound Island near Nova Scotia.

"He's gone back and forth from where we found him in Nova Scotia and the Florida Keys several times," Bob Hueter, chief scientist at OCEARCH, told CNN. "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."

For more information on the great white shark or protecting the world's oceans and ecosystems visit Oceana.org. You can also learn more through the Smithsonian