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It's that time of the year again. Great whites are making their way down from Nova Scotia to Florida's warm waters, and right now there are at least 6 massive great white sharks currently tracked around Florida.
According to OCEARCH, a data-centric organization, their sealife tracker is actively pinging sharks all around the state from as north as Pensacola to as south as the Keys.
The tracking map shows details about the shark's movements, latest pings, sizes and age.
Currently, a nearly 11ft male named Hirtle is the most recent ping, tracked at 9a.m. this morning. He was located off the coast of Key West.
Runner ups are: 10ft female Acadia, near the coast of the Everglades, tracked yesterday; 12ft male Ironbound, off the coast of the Keys, tracked on January 16; 11ft female Edith, off the coast of Pensacola, tracked on January 10; 11ft male Ferg, off the coast of Jacksonville, tracked on January 9; 13ft male Breton, off the coast of St. Augustine, tracked on January 7; and 12ft male off the coast of Jacksonville, tracked on December 29.
A large 8ft male is also being tracked off the Bahama coastlines.
This is truly a spectacular time for Florida oceans because, in the summer, these sharks tend to migrate north.
Ocearch uses the data collected to help scientists learn more about the lives of fish and other sea creatures.
"OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. Our mission is to accelerate the ocean's return to balance and abundance, through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach and policy, using unique collaborations of individuals and organizations in the US and abroad," their "about" page states.
They track not only sharks, but also dolphins, sea turtles, alligators and whales.
While we might have an idea of the whereabouts of these particular few fish, it's probably safe to assume they have some more friends in our waters that we don't yet know about, so maybe it's a good idea to hang up the bathing suit for a little while.
You can find out more about these sharks, and the many others along the US coasts here.