Great 1,200-pound white shark spotted in the gulf and she's not the only one


A huge white shark – probably weighing 1,200 pounds – has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico this week and scientists say it may not be the only one.

The massive shark has been dubbed Miss Costa by Ocearch, a nonprofit research organization. According to a press release issued Tuesday, Ocearch follows Miss Costa in the Gulf of Mexico. She was spotted this week off Panam City, Florida, although she was first noticed in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.

Miss Costa would be the third great white shark to make this trip outside her usual migratory patterns and in the Gulf recently. According to Ocearch, Miss Costa measures between 14 and 15 feet long today. In 2016, she was tagged near Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she was measured at a length of 12 feet and 5 inches. The other two unlikely visitors to the Gulf of Mexico have been nicknamed Nova and Cabot. Unconfirmed reports from fishermen from Pensacola, Florida, also claimed that a large white shark had been captured in February.

In the days following her observation, Miss Costa acquired a considerable number of contacts on social networks. The verified Twitter account from Ocearch and the Miss Costa fan account have seen a sharp increase in the number of subscribers, the shark itself counting more than 14,000 loyal subscribers. Her publications range from educational to entertaining and demonstrate a unique command of online language for an aquatic creature.

"In reality, there are so many boys in the Gulf," reads a message. "All puffins in the chest and sparkling smiles.Well, it will take more than that to impress me.Hint the boys … try to be sincere."

As massive as Miss Costa is, she is not even the biggest shark spotted in 2019. In January, in Oahu, Hawaii, divers met a white female that was about 20 meters long. Since then, experts have almost confirmed that the shark was Deep Blue, a massive female seen several times before.

Deep Blue is well known to researchers and enthusiasts, its observation sometimes making national news. She was also the subject of a report on Discovery's Shark Week several years ago and continues to fascinate researchers specializing in marine research.

This time, Deep Blue has entered places where a group of tiger sharks were feeding on the remains of a sperm whale. The massive predator would have been slow and mild, and the researchers assumed from her circumstance that she was pregnant again. Spectacular photos of the meeting were published at the time.

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