‘IRONBOUND’ THE GREAT WHITE SHARK IS HEADING TO FLORIDA FOR THE SECOND TIME AND IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO OTHER TAGGED GREAT WHITES
12-foot-long great white shark named “Ironbound” appears to be heading into the Gulf of Mexico when other tagged members of its species are moving in the other direction.
According to tracking data collected by non-profit OCEARCH, Ironbound last “pinged” yesterday morning just south of the Florida Keys. His previous ping was recorded just off the coast of South Carolina earlier this month.
OCEARCH has been catching sharks for several years, tagging them with monitoring devices and conducting other tests for research purposes.
The trackers fitted to the sharks “ping” when the dorsal fins of the animals break the surface of the water, transmitting a signal to a satellite overhead.
“This is interesting, while most of the sharks on the Tracker are slowly moving north or at least staying put, white shark Ironbound is going against the flow. A new ping today suggests he might be considering a trip into the Gulf of Mexico,” OCEARCH wrote in a Twitter post.
OCEARCH’s research has revealed that great whites living off the coast of North America often migrate thousands of miles from more northerly regions of the Atlantic to the warmer waters around Georgia, the Carolinas and Florida in the winter months.
Ironbound, for example, was first tagged by OCEARCH researchers last fall in the waters off West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Since then, the 998-pound male has traveled more than 2,700 miles along the North American coast.
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