STUART, Fla. – Hali is making for the tropics.
The great white, a 10-foot, 2-inch long, 697-pound female juvenile shark, was spotted 15 miles off the east coast of Florida on Friday, TCPalm.com reported. According to OCEARCH, a shark research and advocacy group, Hali was pinged at about 10:42 a.m. EDT about 15 miles off the coast of Martin County in South Florida.
A ping occurs when the tracking tag on the shark’s dorsal fin is above the water long enough for a satellite to pick up its location, according to the Asbury Park Press.
The shark’s name honors the residents of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the shark was first detected, according to TCPalm.com. She was tagged on Sept. 12 and has traveled 1,665 miles in the past 24 days.
The shark was off the coast of New Jersey on Sept. 23, the Press reported.
Juvenile and male sharks seem to travel in a one-year migratory loop consistently from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, down the East Coast, TCPalm.com reported. The animal circles the tip of Florida, swims into the Gulf of Mexico and then returns to the Nantucket region, the website reported.