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great whites in the gulf

A great white shark nicknamed “Betsy” and tagged for research off Cape Cod was swimming about 63 miles off Boca Grande as of last Friday. The female shark was tagged by a team led by OCEARCH and including scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries during their August 2013 Expedition Cape Cod. When she pinged in on April 25, Betsy became the first white shark from the OCEARCH-led expeditions in the Atlantic to be tracked into the Gulf. “ She had been really quiet, so it’s pretty exciting that we’re hearing from her satellite tag at all, let alone right around here,” said Whitney from Mote — an independent, nonprofit marine science institution based in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast. At least one other local great white sighting has been reported in the past week: A diver filmed a great white in 100 feet of water about 80 miles off Sanibel Island. The shark in the video is not tagged, so at least two of these animals must be out there off our coast.

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