GANSBAAI, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 19: A Great White Shark is attracted by a lure on the 'Shark Lady Adventure Tour' on October 19, 2009 in Gansbaai, South Africa. The lure, usually a tuna head, is attached to a buoy and thrown into the water in front of the cage with the divers. The waters off Gansbaai are the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks, due to the abundance of prey such as seals and penguins which live and breed on Dyer Island, which lies 8km from the mainland. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

We have plenty of out of towners on spring break swimming in the gulf right now, and that also includes Scot The Great White Shark who’s cruising around off Florida’s coast. And GREAT he is, at about 12 feet long and weighing in around 1,600 pounds.

Scot was spotted last week in the gulf by a non-profit group called OCEARCH who have been tracking Scot and 73 other sharks. They put an electronic tracker on each of the sharks and it signals whenever they break the water’s surface.

Introducing mature male white shark Scot that we were able to sample, tag and release today off of W Ironbound...

Posted by OCEARCH on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Scot has definitely been on the move. In 2021 he started in Nova Scotia, then moved down the coast 3,910 miles. And the timing of his recent visit off Florida’s coast makes sense, as sharks typically move closer to the shore during spring and summer. In fact, April is one of the months with the highest activity.

You may be thinking..Ok, I’ve seen Jaws, do we need to be worried? The answer is no. In fact, FWC says that attacks in Florida are so rare, that we actually are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning.



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Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127

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