People.com Human Interest Great White Sharks Spotted Off Coast of New York, New Jersey OCEARCH, the organization that tracks and studies the sharks, also names the animals, with monikers like Caroline, Caper and Cabot By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 13, 2020 12:51 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty Images Several great white sharks are being tracked in waters near the New York and New Jersey areas. According to OCEARCH's online Shark Tracker database — which also names the large animals — a few sharks have pinged in their system at locations near the Hamptons and Jersey Shore. Caroline, a 12-foot-9 white shark, popped up on July 1 around Seaside Heights and Barnegat Light, New Jersey. At least two other sharks lurked in waters off the Hamptons in early June, according to the New York Post, including a 533-lbs. shark named Cabot, and an 8-footer called Caper. Another named Vimy, who weighs in at 1,164 lbs., was charting a path toward Long Island, but as of July 13 was tracking farther out away from the shore. OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer told the Post that the handful of great whites registering near the beaches is "no more than normal." Fischer added that the presence of the predators in the ecosystem makes it so "everyone will see an ocean full of fish for generations, and our great-grandkids will be able to enjoy fish sandwiches and lobster rolls deep into the future." 23-Year-Old Wildlife Ranger Working 'Dream Job' Killed by Shark on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Brad Leue/Barcroft Media/Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories “Be smart. Don’t swim out into the ocean if you see a bunch of seals, baitfish crashing and birds diving,” said Fischer of beach-swimming safety. Back in February, OCEARCH, which is a nonprofit organization that gathers data on sharks and other animals around the world by tracking and studying them, shared a map on Facebook highlighting where groups of great whites have recently been spotted. The researchers noted an unusually large spacing between the shark clusters. “What do you think could be causing this big gap in where white sharks are pinging right now?” OCEARCH asked its followers at the time. “There are pings in the Gulf of Mexico and then a big grouping in North Carolina/South Carolina but none in the middle.” RELATED VIDEO: Shark Knocks 7-Year-Old Florida Boy Off His Surfboard 16-Year-Old Boy Survives N.C. Shark Attack That Left Him with 40 Puncture Wounds “In our studies, we have tagged about 43 sharks and six of the largest ones are off of the Carolinas,” OCEARCH’s Robert Hueter told CBS News at the time. “… They’re not right up close to the beach, so no worries for the swimmers.” The researchers have been tracking some of these specific sharks’ migration patterns for nearly 10 years — even assigning names to a few of the creatures, some of which size up at about 15 feet in length and 2,000 lbs.