The 12-and-a-half-foot great white shark was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Panhandle and she weighs a mammoth 1,688-pounds.
You might have seen quite a few massive sharks, be it in movies like Jaws, but we are sure you wouldn't have ever seen a shark like Miss Costa before. Got a nice ring to it, right?
Well, the 12-and-a-half-foot great white shark was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Panhandle and she weighs a mammoth 1,688-pounds, reports CNN.
Her existence was found after a transmitter on the sub-adult shark “pinged” south of Panama City, Fla, according to OCEARCH, an international great white shark research organization. "She first pinged this year in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-March and has been working her way steadily north ever since,' an OCEARCH press release says.
The “ping” happens when the tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water. This later, transmits a signal to a satellite, according to the organization.
"Her trip to the Florida Panhandle is significant because OCEARCH doesn’t often track large white sharks that far north into the Gulf, especially big females. It’s been known for a long time that white sharks visit the Gulf of Mexico, but the majority of their activity there remains a mystery since data sets on their movements in the region are lacking compared to other areas in the Northwest Atlantic," the organization that tracks and collects scientific data about great whites, noted.
But you know what the best part about Miss Costa? She has her own Twitter page and probably has more followers than you do. She has around 12,000 followers who regularly check out her videos, fun facts, and updates on her whereabouts.
However, this is not the first time that the giant female shark has been spotted. She was first seen swimming near Nantucket, Massachusetts in the year 2016. Although at that time, she was only 12-foot, 5 inches long, but just three years later, she is said to be at least 14 or 15 feet long.
"Miss Costa’s visit is also significant because OCEARCH has only ever tracked two other large females into the Gulf of Mexico. White shark Katharine is one of those two sharks and was on the cusp of reaching maturity during her tagging at the end of 2013. Katharine only visited the Gulf during the first year she was tracked in 2014," the press release stated.
Miss Costa had started her journey off the coast near Port St Lucie early March and got all the way down south to Florida Peninsula. She was later known to spend a few days in the Florida Keys before heading north into the Gulf of Mexico on March 19.
Her journey continued ahead as she was almost west of Sarasota on April 3 and two days later, she was south of Apalachicola. And last week, she was about 60 miles south of Panama City, researchers said.
What makes her grand appearance so special is that Miss Costa is only the third documented great white shark to make the rare journey into the Gulf.
"Tracking data OCEARCH started collecting in 2012 shows white sharks can be found in the Gulf of Mexico for at least six months
out of the year. Data on the OCEARCH Tracker shows the apex predators there as early as December and as late as July. Most of the pings are over the continental shelf west of Florida."
The organization stated that with the hope of tracking Miss Costa, it might finally pave the way to understand the movement patterns of other great white sharks in the Gulf.