NEW SHARK IN TOWN: 12-Foot, 1,668 Pound Great White Lurks Off Satellite Beach, Canaveral Shores
By Space Coast Daily // February 12, 2018
Pinged off Satellite beach, Canaveral Sunday
ABOVE VIDEO: OCEARCH tags Miss Costa, the then 1,168-pound, 12-foot female great white shark that pinged several times on Sunday off Brevard County shores.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – If Brevard County residents are looking for something in between the 14-foot, 2,300-pound celebrity great white shark Katharine, and the recently spotted 460-pound Great White Shark Savannah, then Miss Costa fits the description.
According to OCEARCH, Miss Costa, a 12-foot-5-inch 1,668 pound female great white shark pinged on several occasions Sunday off the shores of the Space Coast.
Miss Costa pinged twice on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., and then 37-minutes later at 10:07 a.m. about 50 miles off Satellite Beach.
She continued her trek north pinging 60-miles off the coast of Canaveral Shores at 3:07 and 4:18 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Originally tagged September 23, 2016, off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Miss Costa hung out near the Florida Keys for the holidays pinging near the Keys on Christmas before making her way into the Gulf of Mexico to celebrate the New Year.
According to Miss Costa via her Twitter page, she may be looking to visit Disney World and has come back through the Keys pinging on Feb. 5 before registering on multiple occasions on the OCEARCH tracking radar on Sunday off the Space Coast shorelines.
— Miss Costa (@MissCostaShark) February 11, 2018
Miss Costa was named for Costa Sunglasses, a key contributor to OCEARCH and their work.
OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale.
Brevard County’s most popular OCEARCH Carcharodon carcharias, Katharine, hasn’t pinged since Jan 3. The 14-foot, 2,300-pound celebrity great whites last ping was recorded nearly in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. OCEARCH has completed 26 worldwide expeditions.
In 2015, OCEARCH open sourced the data on the Global Shark Tracker to 2.3 million users, achieved an annual global reach of more than 12.2 billion media impressions, a Facebook reach of 150 million impressions, and a Twitter reach of 36 million impressions.
— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) February 11, 2018
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