JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Four great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) were tracked off of the Florida coast within the last week.
Two great white sharks were tracked in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, a 10-foot, 2-inch female great white shark weighing 700 lbs. named Hali that pinged on March 15, and a 9-foot, 9-inch great white shark named Tancook that pinged on March 17.
Swimming on the other side of the Sunshine State in the Gulf of Mexico is Maple, an 11-foot, 7-inch female great white shark weighing over 1,200 lbs., that last pinged off of Apalachicola Bay on March 17.
Down in the Florida Keys is Scot, a 12-foot, 4-inch great white shark weighing over 1,600 lbs., last pinged off of Key West on March 16.
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 these great white sharks’ latest locations, visit the Ocearch tracking map.