FORT PIERCE, Florida – A female great white shark measuring 10 feet, 2 inches long was tracked swimming off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida at 7:46 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
This sub-adult white shark named ‘Miss May’ has been swimming southward off the east coast of Florida for the past month from St. Augustine to Cocoa Beach and now Fort Pierce.
Miss May was tagged by Ocearch researchers off the coast of Fernandina Beach, Florida in February 2019.
The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) 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.
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.