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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Scientists are tracking a great white shark named Yeti that has been recorded swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off Assateague Island in Virginia.
 
OCEARCH, an organization that shares real-time data through its global shark tracker, says a tracking device attached to the female juvenile shark pinged off the lower Eastern Shore on Thursday
 
News outlets report Yeti was tagged Oct. 7 off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The shark weighs 960 pounds and is 11 feet long.
 

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland portion of Assateague Island will not administer birth control for its ponies in 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the purpose behind the decision is to keep the herd balance in a target range of 80 to 100.

Education coordinator for Assateague Island Liz Davis says the goal is to increase the number of foals by minimizing contraception. She says Assateague Island will also monitor and adjust over the years to stay within the 80 to 100 range.

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57 foals were auctioned off yesterday in Chincoteague as part of 91st annual pony swim from Assateague Island.

The auction raised over $151-thousand which will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the average price was around $26-hundred with the average age of nearly 3 months.

The Legacy Group put $21-thousand dollars to buy back two three-month old fillies.

The paper reports there were 6 buy backs totaling nearly $50-thousand

Those not sold return to Assateague Island for another year.

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Twelve turtles found themselves on the Assateague beach yesterday as the Baltimore National Aquarium marked its 25 year anniversary of the Animal Rescue Program.

WBOC reports that there were two rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtles.

The television station reports that one turtle named Hardhead came to the Aquarium with problems that included a lung tear and broken ribs.

The other Beachcomer had a rare blood disease.

They both came to the Aquarium in 2015.

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The Chincoteague Town Council has voted unanimously to get a legal opinion before it signs onto an agreement with federal agencies.

It involves a study that would look at a plan to move the Assateague recreational beach further north.

The agreement includes the a number of federal and state agencies ranging from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Accomack County.

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Local Chincoteague officials are expressing concerns over the new beach plans for Assateague Island.

The plans for the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge produced by federal officials would move Assateague’s recreational beach to the north.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that former Chincoteague Planning Director William Neville told local town officials that there are concerns about the resiliency.

Neville is moving on to take a job with Ocean City.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service lifeguards say they saved 22 people Sunday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the lifeguards were on high-alert after strong rip currents led officials to set knee-deep wading restrictions the entire day.

Lifeguard supervisor Jay Leach says rip currents were actually worse Saturday, but cloudy skies and scattered showers staved off would-be beachgoers that day.

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Thousands watched as around 150 ponies crossed the channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague herded by the famed Saltwater Cowboys in the 90th annual Pony Swim.

The first ashore took the title of King Neptune and will up for a raffle.

Tomorrow at 8 a.m. there will be an auction for the foals.

The proceeds will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

Those ponies that are not sold will be returned to roam free along with others who can be donated back to the park.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - An Eastern Shore tradition celebrated by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague" is marking its 90th year.

The highlight of the week is this morning's annual swim of the tough little ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. A group of volunteers called the "Saltwater Cowboys" rounds up the ponies and leads them through the passage at slack tide.

An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials say a hammerhead shark that kept swimmers out of the surf in Ocean City has retreated back into Assateague Bay.

The latest sightings of the animal were confirmed by Maryland Natural Resources Police late Thursday afternoon. Officials say the hammerhead was about 300 pounds and about 8 feet long. The shark kept swimmers out of the water for nearly 24 hours.

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More than 50 ponies were auctioned off at the 89th annual Pony Penning in Chincoteague yesterday with a record bid.

Catherine Miller of Illinois set the record with her bid of $21-thousand for a black and white filly.

WMDT reports that Deborah Davis bought one for $26-hundred.

Some of the highest bids went for ponies who will return to Assateague.

Another pony auction was the Feather Fund.

The non-profit helped give around 30 ponies to deserving children around the county.

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The 89th annual Pony Swim at Chincoteague gets underway today with the Saltwater Cowboys saddling up to take the herd of around 100 across the channel from Assateague Island.

The event is expected to attract some 40-thousand visitors and the swim is set to occur sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The town has been preparing for weeks for an event that a number of businesses see as better than Memorial Day Weekend.

The ponies will be auctioned off tomorrow with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and takes care of the ponies.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Chincoteague firefighters known as saltwater cowboys will oversee the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia on July 30.

The event is preceded by a carnival, which began Friday and continues on several dates in July and early August.

Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. This year's auction is July 31. 

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WORCESTER CO., Md. - After a ten month closure, a near casualty of Superstorm Sandy, is now back in working order.

The Public Landing Pier in Worcester County, which was severely damaged in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, has officially been repaired, and is once again open to the public.

WMDT reports that the repairs cost more than $198,225, which was covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance settlement funds, along with unobligated funds from the Public Landing Bulkhead/Marina Project.

The Ponies made the swim and now they’re up for auction.

At about 9 am yesterday around 140 wild ponies were led across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island by the Saltwater Cowboys as thousands looked on for the annual event.

The crossing lasted a little more than 6 minutes.

Many visitors fell in love with the ponies as a result of Marguerite Henry’s famous book “Misty of Chincoteague “.

And they came from as far away as Cleveland.

Tens of thousands of spectators showed up this morning as the Saltwater Cowboys herded their ponies across the Assateague Channel for the 87th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.

The 10-minute swim across the 200-yeard Assateague channel dates from the early 1920's.

It was made famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

Tomorrow, the ponies will be auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd.

Thousands are out this morning for the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony swim with the Saltwater Cowboys at hand to herd the wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

The crossing was set to begin by 10:00 am during slack tide.

Tomorrow the ponies will be auctions off with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.  

It’s Pony Penning time.

This is the eve of the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony Swim that is held on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday every July.

Saltwater Cowboys herd the wild ponies on Assateague Island across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

They will swim across the Assateague Channel south of Memorial Park.

The ponies are scheduled to cross during the slack tide between 7:30 am and 10 am.

Parking is available at Chincoteague Combined School on Chincoteague Island.