COCOA BEACH, Florida – A female great white shark measuring 10 feet, 2 inches long was tracked swimming off the coast of Cocoa Beach from Monday, April 29, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019.
This sub-adult white shark named ‘Miss May’ has been swimming off the Breard County coast for the past week as far south as Satellite Beach and and as far north as Port Canaveral before circling back towards Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach again.
A 2014 study by NOAA Fisheries found that great white sharks are present primarily between Massachusetts and New Jersey during the summer, off Florida during winter, and have a broad distribution along the U.S. East Coast during spring and fall.
During winter, most white sharks are found off the northeast coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, and sometimes in the Gulf of Mexico.
The great white shark population has been growing along the U.S. East Coast, according to the study.
To follow this great white shark’s latest location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.
How to avoid being bitten by a shark:
In addition to spotting the telltale shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks.
Always swim near a lifeguard area (their elevated position on a lifeguard tower is better for shark spotting) and pay attention to warning flags.
Brevard Times reports on shark attacks, shark bites, and shark sightings in Cocoa Beach sooner than any other local media source.