An enormous great white shark known as Breton has been tracked off Florida’s Indian river lagoon system.
On June 6, a shark tracker hosted by ocean research organization OCEARCH located Breton in Florida, not far from Port Saint Lucie at 11:40 p.m.
OCEARCH tags great white sharks to learn more about the endangered species and their behavior—the tagged sharks ‘ping’ on the tracker when their dorsal fins come close to the surface of the water.
Breton is a huge shark, weighing almost 1,500lbs and measuring over 13 feet.
The Indian River Lagoon is a body of water on the Atlantic coast of Florida, consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River, and the Indian River. The area is best known for its bull sharks, however great white sharks have been known to enter the water system before.
White sharks usually only enter the waterway when there is a particularly large number of prey in the area.
Breton is part of the North Atlantic great white shark population that lives along the east coast of the U.S. and Canada. The sharks usually migrate along the route, spending the summers in the north and winters in the south.
In May, Breton was lurking incredibly close to the North Carolina shore, according to the shark tracker. Scientists believe this is where white sharks go to mate and raise their young.
Breton was not alone in the area—another huge great white shark known as Ironbound, weighing about 1,000 pounds, was also tracked in the locale at this time. Although great white sharks are solitary, these two great white sharks have been observed swimming in similar directions recently.
In October 2021, Breton was tracked as far north as the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. As the weather became colder in the winter, the shark was then tracked to the east coast of Florida by December—a distance of roughly 1,500 miles.
The male shark was first tagged by the research group in September 2020. OCEARCH uses a hydraulic platform to lift the sharks out of the water, where they then attach a tracker to their bodies.
The sharks are provided with a continuous flow of seawater over their gills while the researchers tag them, while also collecting blood and tissue samples.
Despite being known as notorious predators, great white sharks are an elusive species and there is still much to find out about their behavior. A main research area for scientists continues to be investigating where the sharks mate, as well d birth their young.
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