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Thread: Great white shark weighing 1,668 pounds spotted off Florida Panhandle

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    Great white shark weighing 1,668 pounds spotted off Florida Panhandle

    https://www.foxnews.com/science/grea...esearchers-say

    By Stephen Sorace | Fox News

    A 1,688-pound female great white shark called Miss Costa was spotted this week swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida panhandle, according to researchers.

    A transmitter on the sub-adult shark “pinged” south of Panama City, Fla., according to OCEARCH, an international great white shark research organization. A “ping” occurs when a tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water, transmitting a signal to a satellite, the organization told the Pensacola News Journal.

    While it isn’t unusual for great whites to swim through the Gulf of Mexico, Miss Costa’s cruise through the Florida Panhandle is significant because a ping from a large female that far north into the Gulf is rare, OCEARCH said in a news release Tuesday.

    The organization said it hopes that tracking Miss Costa and other great white sharks will help to understand the movement patterns of sharks in the Gulf.

    Miss Costa measured 12-feet 6-inches when she was first tagged by researchers on Sept. 23, 2016, in Nantucket, Mass., OCEARCH said. Researchers estimated the great white could be between 14-15 feet long today.

    The most recent great white sharks to visit the Gulf Coast include a 1,326-pound male named Hilton and an 8-foot 6-inch, 460-pound female named Savannah, the News Journal reported.
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    Just wonder. If they are estimating her length, then how do they know she weighs 1,668 pounds exactly. Where are they coming up with these weights?
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    Been watching her for a while now. Here's a great site to see the pings in real time:
    www.ocearch.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemanphob View Post
    Just wonder. If they are estimating her length, then how do they know she weighs 1,668 pounds exactly. Where are they coming up with these weights?
    My guess is since it was tagged it was caught and they took measurements and weight. Just a guess.

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    The great whites tagged off Hilton Head are caught by a boat not much bigger than the great white.
    They don't bring them on board to weigh em, they measure em the best they can while it's in the water,then tag and release.
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