PALM BEACH, Florida – A 15-foot, 5-inch Great White shark weighing over 2,000 pounds was tracked off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida at 10:46 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
This adult white shark named ‘Unama’ki’ was tagged with a satellite transponder by OCEARCH shark researchers off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 20, 2019.
SeaWorld named her Unama’ki which is what the indigenous Mi’kmaq people call Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It means “land of the fog.”
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 Unama’ki’s latest locations, visit the Ocearch tracking map.
Image credit: OCEARCH