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11-foot great white shark tracked to Gulf waters off Southwest Florida

Posted: 11:34 AM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 11:38:31-05
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Shark researchers say an 11-foot great white shark that's equipped with a satellite tracker has swam from Canadian waters to Southwest Florida in recent months.

The scientific organization Ocearch reports that the shark they call "Nova" has been tracked to an area approximately 120 miles WSW of Marco Island as of Thursday.

The 11-foot, 1186-pound great white was tagged with a GPS tracker on September 24, 2018 off Nova Scotia. Over the next three months, the tracker shows he swam down the east coast, around the southern tip of Florida, and into the Gulf of Mexico.

They say he has covered 2,225 miles in 103 days, swimming approximately 20+ miles a day.

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Ocearch's website tracks dozens of sharks to study their travel habits.