Great white shark migration begins to Florida - News - The Ledger

In the past week, eight white sharks tagged by the research group Ocearch have surfaced in waters from New Jersey into Florida with 1,124-pound Sydney showing up last week about 50 miles east of Daytona Beach.

Great white sharks are making their move south, an annual migration to warmer climes off the Carolinas and Florida.

In the past week, eight white sharks tagged by the research group Ocearch have surfaced in waters from New Jersey into the Sunshine State with the 1,124-pound Sydney showing up last week about 50 miles east of Daytona Beach.

Ocearch sharks Miss May, Ferg and Shaw also had their tracking devices picked up Wednesday off North Carolina beaches.

Two white sharks — Helena and Unama'ki — were spotted west of Key West last month.

It's not unusual for great whites to call southern waters home during the winter months and sightings are common near popular fishing and diving spots in Florida through spring.

Greg Skomal, a senior fisheries scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, said white sharks are simply searching for the same thing human snowbirds want — warmer weather.

“Although white sharks can elevate their body temperature, they are still sensitive to cold water,” Skomal said. “New England winters are too cold for this species and they move to warmer latitudes, including the southeastern U.S. in the winter.”

Skomal said great white sharks feed on a variety of fish during their sojourn south, as well as dolphins and porpoises. They also s....

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