One of the largest white sharks ever tagged was discovered swimming south of Miami, Florida, according to NBC Miami.
Unama’ki “ping” at 5:46 am ET off Key Largo, south of Miami on Thursday (November 5), meaning its dorsal fin broke the water surface, sending an incoming signal. a satellite, which warns researchers of its whereabouts, according to a previous article from Florida Today.
Unama̵7;ki was first tagged in Nova Scotia in September; in the native language of the Mi’kmaq people, her name means “land of mist.” With a length of 15 feet 5 inches (4.7 meters) and a weight of 2,076 pounds (942 kg), she is the second largest white shark ever to be tagged and tracked by Ocearch, a non-profit organization. a big sea.
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But she’s not the only impressive beast out there. According to National Geographic, the great white shark is the largest predatory fish on the planet and grows to an average of 15 feet (4.6 m). Some have been found to weigh as much as 5,000 Ibs. (2,268 kg) and over 20 feet (6 m) tall.
More than a month ago, Ocearch researchers also discovered and tagged a 17-foot (5 m) long white shark – weighing 3,541 lbs. (1,606 kg) – off the coast of Nova Scotia they call the “queen of the ocean”, according to an earlier report by Live Science. She is officially named Nukumi, after a legendary wise grandmother of the native Mi’kmaq.
The great whites were classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. As the oceans’ top predators, “the great white shark is at the center of the functioning of ecosystems and the maintenance of biodiversity,” according to Ocearch.
According to Ocearch, the researchers hope that Unama’ki will lead them to the location where she gave birth and thus reveal a white shark nursery that has never been seen before.
But the whereabouts of the great white shark is not always clear. According to Ocearch, majestic marine creatures can only be tracked once they break the surface, and each shark tends to spend a different amount of time on the surface, according to Ocearch.
You can keep an eye on Unama’ki’s whereabouts, or at least every time she breaks the surface, here.
Originally published on Live Science.