CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – A 12-foot, 4-inch adult male Great White shark that weighs 1,000 pounds, was tracked swimming off of Canaveral National Seashore in Florida on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Named ‘Ironbound’ by OCEARCH researchers, this Great White shark was tagged on October 3, 2019, off the coast of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.
Ironbound previously pinged off of Canaveral National Seashore on December 16 before heading south towards Jupiter, Miami, and Key West, Florida before turning back north and reemerging off the Canaveral National Seashore once again.
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.