A great white shark fitted last summer with a satellite tag has surprised researchers by showing up in the Gulf of Mexico and swimming past the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The shark, a female named Unama'ki, has traveled 3,120 miles in 103 days, beginning in Nova Scotia, the Sun Herald reported. The 2,076-pound, 15-foot, 5-inch shark has been tracked by OCEARCH, a marine research group, according to WXXV. The shark has been lingering off the Louisiana coast and is heading toward Texas, according to the Sun Herald.
"Is this a whole new piece to the white shark puzzle?" OCEARCH tweeted Monday.
Earlier this month, Unama'ki was pinged about 100 miles from the Florida coast, Northwest Florida Daily News reported. In October, she was pinged off the coast of North Carolina near the Outer Banks, according to WVEC.
Unama'ki was last pinged on satellite tracking at 7:12 a.m. Sunday, off Louisiana's Marsh Island, according to OCEARCH.
"She's a shark on the move!" OCEARCH tweeted.
White shark Unama’ki seems to have found some of the cooler water available in the Gulf of Mexico right now. The water temperature at her most recent ping off the Louisiana coast is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. pic.twitter.com/M2vonT3rUF— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) February 24, 2020
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