Great White Sharks Including 15-foot, 2,000 Pound Behemoth Are Patrolling U.S. East Coast Hunting Pr
A number of great white sharks tracked by OCEARCH are making their way from the frigid waters of Nova Scotia to the more temperate climes of the Gulf of Mexico in time for the winter months.
The migrating sharks include Unama'ki (meaning "land of the fog," in reference to the indigenous Mi'kmaq term for Cape Breton)a female shark weighing more than 2,000 pounds and measuring more than 15 feet.
Unama'ki entered the Gulf of Mexico last week, Newsweekreported at the time, where she is joined by Helena, a 12-foot, 5-inch female, and Hudson, a 5-foot, 1-inch young male.
Other sharks making their way to the Gulf include Cabot, a 9-foot, 8-inch sub-adult male last located around the Delmarva Peninsula near Virginia on Friday, and Sydney, a 12-foot, 2-inch male, who was tracked close to Daytona Beach, Florida, on November 6.
This data comes from OCEARCH, an organization that tracks more than 416 tagged animals including a number of great whites.
Its research has shown that the Atlantic continental shelf waters off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are a winter "hot spot" for white sharksso much so that the area is now being referred to as the Northwest Atlantic Shared Foraging Area, or NASFA for short.
"The body of colder water trapped between the Gulf Stream and the coast is a key feature of this region," Bryan Franks, Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Jacksonville University and OCEARCH collaborating scientist, said in a statement.
"This 'wedge' of c....