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1,200 Pound Great White Shark Tracked Off Florida

A great white shark weighing over 1,200 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder had its latest ping location off of Florida on March 6, 2023.

The 11-foot, 7-inch great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), named Maple, that was tagged off of Nova Scotia in 2021, has been making her way around Florida’s coast.

The great white shark 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.

Female great white sharks are believed to be mature when they are about 13-14 feet and can reach sizes up to about 21 feet in length.

To follow Maple’s latest location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.

Image credits: Ocearch, Google

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