While we know sharks & other marine life call our oceans home, you can't always see where they lurk within the salty depths. Thanks to Ocearch however, we can see some of what swims (and where they are) along our coastlines & multiple massive sharks are swarming Florida's east coast right now.
The sharks we can see are tagged by Ocearch; an organization with a focus on the conservation of marine life through research & outreach efforts, learning more about their behaviors through tracking.
3 of the 4 sharks are sticking close to Jacksonville & St. Augustine and have taken many journeys that Ocearch has documented & observed over the years, each taking unique paths.
Miss May, a 10 foot-2 inch Great White has slowly drifted just north of Jacksonville along the Georgia Florida border but has been known to frequently visit Florida's coastal waters.
Lando, a small 465 lb. Tiger Shark seems to be keeping his distance from the coast, while Ferg — an 11 foot & 874 lb. Great White — appears to be inching closer to St. Augustine near Vilano & Crescent Beach.
A bit further south, the largest of the sharks swarming the east coast right now is near New Smyrna Beach. Sydney dwarfs his shark brothers, stretching a staggering 12 feet in length & weighing a massive 1,124 lbs.
But Sydney doesn't even compare to his sister on the west coast; Unama'ki the female Great White continues to circle the depths off the coast of Tampa as the largest shark near Florida right now, weighing over 2000 lbs & an insane 15 feet, 5 inches in length.
You can keep up with Ocearch's trackings on these giants of the deep through their website here.
We definitely don't want to be caught in the waters with these big boys; but if you're obsessed with sharks, consider taking a dip with these surprisingly docile creatures will give you a whole new appreciation for them — cage-free and in the open ocean to see them up close. One of the shark tour guides even offers a swim with alligators experience that is out of this world.
If you don't think that you'll be getting in the water with the sharks & gators any time soon, you can see sweet baby manatees at these spots in Florida or go on a manatee snorkel tour for only $26 with this Groupon deal.
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