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Great White shark swims offshore Florida west coast

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Last August off the coast of Cape Cod, researchers from Ocearch, a non-profit organization that conducts research on Great White sharks and other large shark species, tagged a great white shark with a transponder.

The transponder sends pings to a satellite providing data that shows where the shark travels. 

Researcher's have named the 13 foot, 1400 pound shark "Betsy". Betsy has traveled well over 2500 miles since being tagged and is now swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, at last check, she's about 80 miles west of Sanibel Island in Lee County.  

The Director of shark research for Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Dr. Bob Hueter says not all sharks tagged in the Atlantic make their way into the gulf, but it's not uncommon for Great Whites to be found in the warmer waters of the gulf, but they usually stay well off shore. To follow Betsy CLICK HERE

Photo Credit 970 WFLA/K. Norman

 

 

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