Just in time for Spring Break, two large White sharks have made their way into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
Maple, a white shark measuring 11 feet and 7 inches and weighing 1,264 pounds, pinged off the coast of Florida just southeast of St. George Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, on March 6, according to ocean research organization OCEARCH’s shark tracker.
Rose, a white shark measuring 10 foot 5 inches and weighing 600 pounds, pinged off Pine Island Sound’s coast on March 9.
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Spring break is just around the corner, meaning young tourists will begin flocking to Florida waters. Shark attacks on humans remain rare, but they can occasionally happen when sharks and humans are in the water simultaneously.
Sharks do not seek out humans as prey, but they will sometimes approach out of curiosity or attack if provoked.
Great white sharks can be found all over the world, although they tend to spend more time near to the coastlines of temperate regions. They can grow to lengths of up to 20 feet, although this is rare.
According to the Shark Attack File, Florida is the world’s shark bite capital. This has been the case for decades. Florida waters are home to various shark species that can be found at all times of the year.
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