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A 1,200 pound Great White Shark has been tracked off the coast of Florida. It’s also almost 12-feet long and it has been named. Its name is Maple and it was located southeast of St. George Island, Florida in the Gulf Of Mexico. St. George Island is along the panhandle coast south of Tallahassee. It is also spring break season, so more people will be vacationing in Florida.

OSEARCH is the organization that is tracking Maple the Great White Shark. The reason she is called Maple is because there is a distinctive wound on her body.

Maple isn’t the only Great White Shark tracked off the coast of Florida. Another shark named, Tancook, was tracked east of Amelia Island. Amelia Island is on the Atlantic coast north of Jacksonville.

A shark was also spotted off the coast of Sarasota, but this shark isn’t being tracked by OSEARCH. ABC 7 in Sarasota has video of the shark that came from Capt. R.C. Gilliland. Gilliland tells ABC 7 that this was the first time he’s seen a great white in open water.


The 8 Florida Beaches With The Most Shark Attacks Since 2010

Sharks in Tampa Bay are a rare site, but Florida dominates the list of the most shark attacks in America. Travel Lens gathered the data on shark attacks dating back to 2010. One Florida beach had more attacks then #2 through #5 combined! Here’s what they found.

  • #6 (Tie): Jacksonville Beach

    3 attacks since 2010…

  • #6 (Tie): Gulf Shores in Alabama

    3 attacks since 2010…


  • #6 (Tie): Jensen Beach

    Another Florida beach… 3 attacks since 2010.

  • #6 (Tie): Isle of Palms in SC

    Also 3 attacks since 2010.

  • #6 (Tie): Lori Wilson Park

    3 attacks since 2010.

  • #6 (Tie): Ocean Isle

    Another beach with 3.

  • #6 (tie): Kauai in Hawaii

  • #5: Ormond Beach

    4 attacks since 2010.

  • #4: Melbourne Beach

    6 attacks since 2010.

  • #3: Cocoa Beach

    7 attacks since 2010.

  • #2 Myrtle Beach in South Carolina

    9 attacks since 2010.

  • #1: New Smyrna Beach

    A whopping 32 ATTACKS since 2010!  They’ve earned the title of Shark Bite Capitol of the World. Why so many? Watch the video and it’ll all make sense.

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