A total of four Great White sharks have been tracked off Florida’s coast in the last two weeks.
The latest Great White (Carcharodon carcharias) to show up to the Sunshine State is Miss Costa, a female shark weighing over 1,600 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder that had its latest ping location around 150 miles offshore between Jacksonville and Daytona.
Also on the move is Hilton, a male Great White weighing over 1,300 pounds that left Florida’s Gulf Coast and recently pinged off Key West, Florida.
Savannah, an 8-foot, 6-inch female weighing over 450 pounds, appears to be following Hilton from the Gulf Coast towards the Florida Keys.
All three of those sharks had their latest pings on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
However, the current whereabouts of the fourth Great White shark, a 960-pound female named Yeti, remains a mystery. That’s because her last ping was nearly two weeks ago off of Fort Myers, Florida.
The great white shark population has been growing along the U.S. East Coast, according to a study by NOAA Fisheries.
The study also found that great white sharks occur primarily between Massachusetts and New Jersey during the summer, off Florida during winter, and with a broad distribution along the U.S. East Coast during spring and fall.
To stay up-to-date on all four Great White sharks’ latest locations, visit the Ocearch tracking map.
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