What satellite tracking shows, however, is that the few great whites that are found in Hawaiian waters typically migrated from the waters boarding California and Mexico. The study suggests that great white sharks swim in Hawaiian waters during longer parts of the year than previously thought.
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Four high school baseball players visiting Florida on Spring Break have an amazing fish story to tell back home in Georgia: They hooked a 13-foot-long Great White shark while sportfishing.
On Tuesday the four teenagers were part of an excursion on the charter boat Hooked Up out of Fort Lauderdale. Captain Greg McCauley told CBS Station WFOR that the Great White, which he estimated to weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds, took a bonito off a kite line about 180 feet from the Port Everglades Inlet — about a mile off shore.
Scientists used special satellite tags that tracked several sharks from a specific great white population for up to three years off the coast of Mexico. The study found that adult female sharks complete a two-year breeding cycle and avoid male sharks whenever possible, said study author Michael Domeier, a researcher and the president of the Marine Conservation Science Institute.
“It was like a slow steady pull, I mean great whites are not very fast sharks, so it was a slow, solid weight,” Maisano said. “He was anywhere from 16-18 feet [long] and it could have weighed from 2,500-4,000 pounds. That is what the experts are telling us.”
The fishermen said they had to let the shark go because they are a prohibited species. “You are not even allowed to bring it in the boat, you have to leave it in the water,” Maisano said. If a great white is killed, there could be a fine of $25,000-$40,000.
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YouTuber Bryan Plummer posted a 30-second clip of the incident. No one was injured but the surprise of the incident was caught by the cameraman’s colorful use of language.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 2,000 pound shark tagged by OCEARCH is now swimming in the waters off the coast of Georgia. Lydia pinged Sunday at 6:37 p.m. about 50 miles off the coast of Kingsland. This is seventh time the shark has pinged since she was tagged by OCEARCH on March 3, 2012.