Snowbirds aren't the only vacationers enjoying Florida's warm waters and palm trees this winter! A few weeks ago we learned that a great white was being tracked heading down the eastern coastline towards Florida--now that shark, along with another, have officially made their way to the Sunshine State according to their location trackers.
"Our white sharks are scattered up and down the east coast of the US and Canada! Some of our sharks like Cabot and Ulysses are enjoying the last moments of their summer/fall foraging off Atlantic Canada while others like Hali and Andromache have begun their winter residency off of Florida," an Instagram post from the research organization, Ocearch, states. The post was made two days ago.
Since the post, Hali, a 10-foot and estimated 697-pound female white shark pinged just this morning around 9a.m. eastern time off the coast of Satellite Beach.
Andromache, another large 10-foot female weighing in at over 300-pounds, who had not yet made it into Florida as of our previous article posted on October 24, pinged on the evening of November 9 swimming along the Keys.
While these girls are the only two currently being tracked in Florida, there are three more white sharks pinging along the eastern United States coastline including Gladee and Mahone, both tracked off of the South Carolina coast, and Martha, who recently pinged along North Carolina.
It's not certain that all of these sharks will make their way to Florida but research shows that this species is known to seek warmer, southern waters in the winter.
"We just passed the Fall Equinox and factors such as the seasons shifting and subtle changes in water temperature help trigger these animals to make a move.We will likely see more of our sharks making their transition south later this month and November," a Facebook post from October 4, made by Ocearch, noted.
If you want to be the first to know when new sharks arrive or where they're headed, be sure to keep an eye on the Ocearch's tracker here.
Ocearch is a non-profit research organization that helps scientists collect data on sea life and claims to have tagged over 400 animals to date.