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.
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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