15-foot great white shark shocks Florida divers
Florida resident Cody Wabiszewski shared a 3-minute video of an unexpected underwater encounter with a great white shark while diving 70 feet below the surface of the ocean off the Florida Keys.
“Jaws” is back. The 1,326-pound great white shark with the name Hilton has been spotted off the coast of Georgia this week — and he is not alone. Miss Costa, a 1,668-pound great white, is near.
Both of the 12-foot great whites are currently being tracked by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that studies great white sharks and other apex predators. The sharks were fitted with tags that ping to specify their location as quickly as their fins break the surface.
“White shark Hilton is making his second stop of this year in the waters off the coast of Savannah, Georgia,” OCEARCH announced in a Facebook post on Thursday. “He made rapid progress to move from the Gulf of Mexico, but now he is delayed a bit. Last year he didn’t make it to the top of his migration loop in Nova Scotia until about August.”
Miss Costa, a female shark was tagged by OCEARCH researchers in September 2016 in the near Nantucket, Massachusetts. Hilton, a male, was tagged near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in March 2017.
The great white, a Twitter celebrity with more than 33,000 followers, took his first trip to the Gulf of Mexico at the end of April.
Hilton had traveled up and down along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Florida — but he had never seen in the Gulf of Mexico.
Now he swims along the southern states.
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“Mmmmmmmm love the eatin’ in these waters off the coast of @cityofsavannah. It is my second trip here this year!” a tweet on Hilton’s Twitter account read Thursday.
Mmmmmmmm love the eatin’ in these waters off the coast of @cityofsavannah. It is my second trip here this year! pic.twitter.com/agCsmfdlO6
— HiltonTheShark (@HiltonTheShark) May 24, 2018
Dr. Bryan Franks of Jacksonville University said the shark is to travel deeper south this season.
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“After the last spring in the vicinity of the shelf and the canyons off North Carolina, Hilton is spending this spring further to the south, along the Florida Slope and DeSoto Canyon in the Gulf,” Franken explained, according to OCEARCH Facebook post. “The common factor: that is interesting bottom features that are likely to be in the possession of a beautiful buffet of food and a range of temperatures of the water.”
According to OCEARCH, Hilton last ping was recorded in the vicinity of Savannah on Thursday at 4:06 pm Miss Costa was kept a day earlier around 2:07 hours from Georgia’s Cumberland Island.
Friday night, the sharks have taken a combined total of 18,491 km since they were first tagged.