2,000-pound great white shark pings off Florida Gulf coast


Nick Tomecek, Northwest Florida Daily News USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2020, 6:13 PM CST

DESTIN, Fla. – A 2,076-pound great white shark tagged by the research nonprofit OCEARCH has pinged about 100 miles off of the shores of Northwest Florida.

Unama’ki has traveled over 2,000 miles since being tagged and researchers hope to gain insight on the breeding habits of great white sharks. Her latest ping was on Feb. 1.

OCEARCH’s website has been tracking 11 white sharks that were tagged in fall 2019 in Nova Scotia. The shark known as Unama’ki is one of the largest and was tagged at 15 feet, 5 inches long, according to the OCEARCH website.

Unama’ki was originally tagged in September at Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia, according to OCEARCH. She has traveled over 2,000 miles since and researchers hope to gain insight into the breeding habits of great white sharks.

Her latest ping was on Feb. 1.

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