Two Great White Sharks Tracked Off Florida

Two Great White sharks were tracked swimming off of Florida’s east coast during the past few days.

The latest Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to show up off Florida’s Atlantic coast is Ferg, an 11-foot, 8-inch adult male weighing 874 pounds, that was tracked off of St. Augustine, Florida just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Sydney,  a 12-foot, 2-inch adult male Great White shark weighing over 1,000 pounds was tracked off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida at 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Sydney and Ferg were tagged with satellite transponders by OCEARCH shark researchers off the coast of Nova Scotia in September 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.

To stay up-to-date on Sydney and Ferg’s latest locations, visit the Ocearch tracking map.