Great White Shark Tagged Near Jacksonville Surf Spot Is 2,000 lbs

By April 12, 2013Ocean News

What’s white and grey, weighs 2,000 lbs and named Lydia?

For those of you who answered a Great White Shark…you are correct!

Great White Shark Tagged Near Popular Surfing Spot

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Researchers recently tagged a 2000 lb great white shark off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida in a study to track the distribution of the shark species along the east coast of the US.

The shark was 14 feet 6 inches long and the researchers named it Lydia. Now Lydia is a big girl…to put things in perspective that’s about 19 Mila Kunis’ or 10 Jonah Hills, pre 21 Jump street.

Lydia was tagged close to a popular surf spot in Jacksonville, Florida, which is obviously little scary for surfers as they are most prone to shark attacks for the amount of time they stay in the water. And add to the fact that they are some times mistaken for a sea turtle or seal by sharks makes it a situation surfers would like to avoid at all costs.

What makes things more interesting is that a 3,500 lb shark was also found frequenting the same waters this past January. This area may be important to the great white sharks’ life history during the winter, but more research needs to happen before researchers can make any conclusions.

This shark, named Mary Lee, was tagged up near Cap Cod last September and is now just south of Bermuda in deeper waters.

Knowing a shark species distribution is important for their future protection. Sharks tend to migrate long distances throughout the year so protecting one or two small ocean places may not protect sharks all that much because once they leave the protected area, they are vulnerable to harm.

If researchers can identify important areas where they like to feed or get it on with their bad selves, then protecting those areas might be more beneficial.

It also helps to know when large sharks are present near recreational areas such as a popular surf spot so the chances of a shark attack will decrease even further with closure of the beaches.

Do you think beaches should be closed during times where larger sharks are known to be present at specific time of the year?

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  • Rebecca says:

    It is great to see two large female sharks! What a great study. Surfers…maybe time to find a new spot.

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