Great white shark tracked in the Panhandle, and it’s not the first

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A great white shark known as Hilton is currently being tracked in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s not the first time a great white has been tracked in the Florida Panhandle. Hilton is a mature great white that weighed 1,326 pounds when tagged on March 3, 2017 off the coast of Hilton Head, South Carolina. The male shark was caught and tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH during their Lowcountry Expedition. Scientists and researchers attached a Smart Position and Temperature (SPOT) Tag to Hilton’s dorsal fin. When the tag…

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Watch great white shark off Florida coast

Divers recently got the shark show of a lifetime when they witnessed a great white shark off the Florida coast. Stacey Tucker flew from Arizona to have a chance to dive with sharks off the coast of Jupiter August 22. Tucker and the group had just finished their first dive and were headed to the sunken tanker ship Esso Bonaire III. The Bonaire rests 90 feet under the surface and is known to host both nurse and lemon sharks. As Tucker was filming several lemon sharks, a fellow diver alerted…

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Updated:OCEARCH-tagged Tiger Shark Lexi Dead?

Is OCEARCH-tagged tiger shark Lexi dead?  Her tag was recently found in the back of a truck in Frisco, North Carolina, where it had been kept for several weeks. Tiger shark Lexi was tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH who partnered with North Carolina Aquariums to search off the coast of Wrightsville Beach. The groups had joined forces to tag sand tiger sharks and collect information on their migration habits and patterns. Before the expedition kicked off, a special presentation was given at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Lumina Theater.…

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Tagged Tiger Shark Maroochy is Dead

In May 2016, Maroochy the tiger shark was captured and killed on a baited drumline. Maroochy was a female tiger shark tagged by the nonprofit OCEARCH. The group placed a satellite tag on the shark’s dorsal fin in February 2015 off the coast of Australia.  She was tagged near Fraser Islands, and each time her fin broke the surface of the water, her position would be plotted on the OCEARCH tracking app and website. On May 24, OCEARCH confirmed Maroochy had been killed on a drum line in Bundaberg. Maroochy’s…

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Want to help OCEARCH with Great White Shark research?

Do you want to help OCEARCH with Great White Shark research?  Now you can OCEARCH is a nonprofit organization with a passion for sharing open sourced data with the public.  The group is famous for tagging great white sharks, including the Twitter stars Shark Chessie, Mary Lee and  Katharine. The group uses a custom ship, the M/V OCEARCH, which features a shark lift. As the name implies, the lift actually picks the shark out of the water. While the shark is on the lift, a team of scientists goes to…

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OCEARCH Hosts Live Q&A On Facebook

Shark tracking group OCEARCH hosts a live Q&A on Facebook. Have you ever wondered where sharks go when its cold, how deep do they dive or how many shark babies (pups) does a pregnant great white shark carry? Tonight you will have a chance to pose your shark questions directly to researchers working with OCEARCH, on an expedition to catch and tag great white sharks. The science team is currently on board the research vessel MV OCEARCH, which is off the coast of Jacksonville Florida searching for great white sharks…

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