Shark friendship: Study observes great whites as hunting buddies
A study conducted by a team of researchers at Florida International University shows how the fearsome predators hunt together.
Scott L. Hall, USA TODAY
The start of spring break in Northeast Florida is days away, but already some are heading to the area’s beaches.
One of them is a great white shark.
According to Ocearch’s online shark tracker, the shark pinged about 60 miles east of Amelia Island on Tuesday at 9:38 a.m.
Named Tancook, the shark measured 9 feet, 9 inches long and weighed 715 pounds when it was first tagged 18 months ago in the waters off Nova Scotia. Since then, Tancook has pinged off the coast of Florida dozens of times each of the past two winters, including just off the coast of St. Augustine on January 21, 2022 and Ormond Beach on January 12-13, 2022. December 2021.
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Other sharks are tracked in Georgia, Florida
Tancook is one of four great white sharks in the waters off southeast Georgia and Florida tracked by Ocearch this week. The others are:
- Hali, a 10-foot, 2-inch, 697-pound female shark, pinged southeast of Savannah, Ga., at 7:52 p.m. on Sunday.
- Maple, a giant 11-foot, 7-inch, 1,264-pound female shark, pinged southwest of Steinhatchee at 9:43 a.m. Monday.
- Rose, a 10-foot, 5-inch, 600-pound female shark, pinged west of Sanibel Island at 9:13 p.m. Monday.
Florida is the world leader in terms of shark bites
In 2022, Florida led the world with 16 unprovoked shark bites, according to data shared by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File. But no mortal.
Two resulted in leg amputations, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported. Addison Bethea, 17, of Satellite Beach, was diving for scallops in the Florida Panhandle town of Keaton Beach when a bull shark grabbed her leg on June 30. Jameson Reeder, 10, of North Carolina was snorkeling near the Dry Tortugas west of Key West when a bull shark bit him on August 13.
Unprovoked bites are defined by the organization as “incidents in which a bite on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat without human provocation by the shark.”
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Only one of Florida’s unprovoked shark bites in 2022 was recorded in Northeast Florida, in Nassau County. Volusia County reported the most (seven), followed by Monroe County (four), and Martin, Pinellas, Brevard and Palm Beach counties (one each).
According to the International Shark Attack File, Duval County has recorded 46 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks since 1882. During the same time period, St. Johns County recorded 45 attacks and Nassau County only eight.
By comparison, Volusia County — dubbed the “shark bite capital of the world” — saw 343 unprovoked shark attacks during the same period.