COCOA BEACH, Florida – Two Great White sharks have been tracked off of Central Florida’s east coast this week, and another Great White may also be nearby.
The latest Great White (Carcharodon carcharias) to show up off Florida’s Atlantic coast is Hilton, a male Great White weighing over 1,300 pounds that left Key West and pinged off of Sebastian Inlet on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 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 St. Augustine and Daytona.
Savannah, an 8-foot, 6-inch female weighing over 450 pounds, appears to be following Hilton for the last month may also be close by. Her last ping was near the Florida Keys on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
However, the current whereabouts of a fourth Great White shark, a 960-pound female named Yeti, remains a mystery. That’s because her last ping was nearly three 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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