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The great, wide travels of a great white shark

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Mote Marine scientists from Sarasota are celebrating a rare find: they just got back from a trip out to sea where they were able to catch and tag a great white shark.

They nicknamed her "Lydia," and they were among a group of scientists and researchers who came back with a treasure trove samples and information from the massive, 2,000 pound creature.

They also attached sensors on her that will allow them to track her movements through the ocean.

"We're trying to figure out a lot of things about where these sharks go. Where they mate, where they give birth, where they spend their time during different times of year," said Dr. Nick Whitney, with Mote Marine.

"Lydia" is the third shark the researchers have been able to catch and tag. They are finding that the sharks travel amazing distances.

" ‘Mary Lee,' who was tagged up in Cape Cod, came down to Florida and Georgia and spent a lot of time near the coast, which surprised us. She then, in the middle of winter, went back up off New York, which we didn't think would happen, and is offshore and is heading down to Bermuda in the middle of the Atlantic," Whitney said.

The sensors and tags allow the researchers to track the sharks in real time, and they have put that information online so the public can too.


Here is a link where you can track the sharks:

And here is where you can starting reading about all the scientists, researchers and their efforts to learn more about the "ocean giants"



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