A 1,500-pound great white shark has "pinged" off the east coast of Florida after enjoying the southern waters near Melbourne.

Great White Shark Weighing Nearly 1,500 Lbs. Tracked Off Of Florida Coast

A 1,500-pound great white shark has “pinged” off the east coast of Florida after enjoying the southern waters near Melbourne.

The shark, known as “Breton,” was fitted on September 12, 2020, with a tracking device by the marine research organization OCEARCH.

The tag “pings” every time the shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water. Whenever this happens, the device emits a signal, enabling OCEARCH scientists to pinpoint its location. Breton has traveled for 409 days since tagged and a stunning 19,573 miles.

Now he’s off the east coast of the sunshine state.

Breton’s latest ping was marked on July 24, 2022, when he was located in the Atlantic Ocean around 60 miles east of Anastasia Island. The shark’s previous ping on July 12, 2022, was slightly further to the south off the coast of Melbourne, Florida.

The shark, known as "Breton," was fitted on September 12, 2020, with a tracking device by the marine research organization OCEARCH.
“Breton” Courtesy OCEARCH

Breton is a 13.3-foot adult male great white shark that weighs 1,437 pounds.

OCEARCH scientists first tagged him in Canadian waters near Cape Breton in the province of Nova Scotia.

In the time period that OCEARCH has been tracking this big boy, Breton has spent time swimming along the southeastern U.S. coastline, while also making it in deeper into the Atlantic, and hanging out in the waters near Cape Breton.

The shark, known as "Breton," was fitted on September 12, 2020, with a tracking device by the marine research organization OCEARCH.

According to their website, OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean while open-sourcing research and explorations.

Open sourcing and inclusion at every level, and in real-time, allows the world to participate in their projects while being aware of the developing science.

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