The great white sharks off the coast of South Carolina are a healthy sign. (OCEARCH)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) –

Three great white sharks have recently settled off the coast of South Carolina.

Miss Costa, Hal and Gray Lady were tagged with GPS locators several years ago by OCEARCH, a non-profit group tracking sharks.

The founder, Chris Fischer, leads the GPS tagging expeditions and said the shark's arrival in the waters of Lowcountry was imminent.

"They live off the Carolinas essentially between Cape Canaveral and Cape Hatteras for most of the winter until the spring," Fisher said.

OCEARCH was founded in 2007 and began its Atlantic tagging expeditions in 2012. Since then, they have tagged 33 white sharks in Atlantic waters.

Fisher said the data collected had helped them discover the patterns of mating, childbirth and feeding, behaviors that have long been a mystery.

"I think there are a lot of white sharks in the [Carolina] region now, "he said." I think sharks slamming on your beaches are a representation that there are many more, is not it? We have not all white sharks marked. "

Nearly two years ago, two remarkable white sharks were tagged off the coast of South Carolina.

Hilton and Savannah were found and tagged around Hilton Head.

The OCEARCH Digital Team creates a Twitter account for each tagged and named shark, which helps to spark interest in locating each shark.

Sharks may have a bad reputation, but according to Fischer, their fear is largely unfounded, and adds that these apex predators play a vital role in maintaining an ecosystem and maintaining A healthy food chain.

"It's a good sign," said Fisher. "It means that you manage your ocean well, it is full of life and they come to fetch it to eliminate the weak, the dead and the dying, so that the strongest can make more fish for all of us and our grandchildren. eat."

OCEARCH will begin a new tagging expedition in February, focusing on the Atlantic coast from Myrtle Beach to Jacksonville, Florida.