One-tonne great white shark named 'Lydia' moves closer to Britain

A deadly great white shark named Lydia has become the first of her species to cross the Atlantic Ocean

It may not be safe to go back into the water.

A deadly great white shark named Lydia has become the first of her species to cross the Atlantic Ocean - and is on course to reach the shores of Ireland.

US scientists for Ocearch have been tracking the one-tonne man-eater for 19,500 miles as it makes its journey across the Atlantic from Florida.

The 15ft beast is the first tagged shark to cross the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - the boundary between west and east.

Last week it was predicted the great white would reach Britain over the weekend but the predator took a detour.

She is now 780 miles off the coast of Ireland and Cornwall.

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Dr Gregory Skomal, senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries said Lydia was now closer to Europe than North America.

Scientists from OCEARCH tag a great white shark and let it loose in the Atlantic Ocean. (SWNS)

Lydia's movements can be tracked on Ocearch's website.

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The Ocearch project tags sharks to learn more about their movements.

The team used a 34,000kg hydraulic platform to hoist Lydia from the water in order to fit the tracking device.

Adult great white sharks are known for their migratory patterns.

A shark named Nicole was tracked swimming from South Africa to Australia and back in nine months in 2004 - a total journey of more than 12,000 miles.

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