Meet The 12-Foot, 4-Inch Great White Shark Who Spent The Holidays In South Florida
Miami is a popular destination during the winter. Not just for humans, either.
One of South Florida’s newest residents is a 12-foot, 4-inch long, 1,000-pound musclebound monster named Ironbound.
The great white shark has been spotted several times near Key Biscayne after being tagged earlier in 2019. Ironbound was first caught in October near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and shortly after made the 1,473-mile trek to Miami.
According to CNN, members of OCEARCH, an oceanic research group that tags and tracks sharks, dolphins, seals and other animals, have been monitoring Ironbound’s movements since he was first caught near West Ironbound Island, for which he was named.
Near the end of 2019, the OCEARCH was tracking at least seven great white sharks, all swimming around the East Coast of the US. Ironbound was the southernmost shark on the map, while another named Shaw remained near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
The Tracker is extremely active right now with 7 white sharks pinging in over the last 2 days. Ironbound checked-in near Miami and is the farthest south while Shaw pinged off Cape Hatteras and is the farthest north. pic.twitter.com/eXR5oKlWhs— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) December 25, 2019
Other great white sharks on the OCEARCH radar include Teazer, Miss May, Vimy, Luna and 8-foot, 9-inch white shark Brunswick
White sharks Ironbound and @NovaTheShark both pinged in today from the Florida coast. It’s a pretty good bet they’ve got plenty of other white shark company with them right now. pic.twitter.com/BJR5K3LyYJ— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) December 5, 2019
OCEARCH has since created a Twitter account for Ironbound, @bound_iron, which details the movements of the sizable beast.
According to the World Wildlife Federation, great white sharks are the world’s largest predatory fish. Despite an increase in sightings, the overall great white shark population is decreasing, and they remain a vulnerable species.
Check out the sharks and other marine creatures OCEARCH is monitoring on their website. Then, learn more about group’s efforts and the insight they have found in tracking these massive sharks in the video below.