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A massive great white shark has been detected off the coast of Florida this week, just ahead of the expected busy spring break season. According to the Global Shark Tracker of OCEARCH, Maple, a great white shark, was detected on Monday morning southeast of St. George Island, Florida, in the Gulf Of Mexico. Maple is 11-feet, 7-inches long and weighs a whopping 1,264 pounds.
Maple has reportedly been spending much of her winter in the Gulf of Mexico over the past two seasons, as noted by OCEARCH. The shark was named after the maple leaf, a national emblem of Canada. Interestingly, Maple has a unique wound on the left side of her body which the team believes is due to an interaction with another larger white shark.
"It is not unusual for sharks to assert their dominance over a smaller animal of their species by delivering a significant but non-fatal bite," said OCEARCH.
On the other hand, another great white shark, Tancook, was detected on Tuesday just after 9:30 a.m. several miles east of Amelia Island. The shark weighs around 715 pounds and measures 9-feet, 9-inches long. The OCEARCH team tagged Tancook in 2021 when they met him off West Ironbound Island just south of Tancook Island. Tancook was named after the phrase "facing the open sea."
"We're excited to gain more insight into the open sea as we continue to track Tancook's movements," said OCEARCH.
OCEARCH is a global non-profit organization committed to conducting unprecedented research on the ocean's giants to help scientists gather previously unattainable data. The organization aims to accelerate the ocean's return to balance and abundance through innovative scientific research, education, outreach, and policy, leveraging the collaborations of individuals and organizations in the U.S. and worldwide.
The detection of two massive great white sharks off Florida's coast, Maple and Tancook, is a reminder of the importance of ocean conservation. With organizations like OCEARCH conducting groundbreaking research and collecting invaluable data, we are one step closer to preserving the ocean's balance and abundance. As we head into the spring break season, it is important to remember to respect marine life and their natural habitats.
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