Great White Appetite

03 May
May 3, 2014

On April 6th, I saved a screen grab from the Ocearch shark tracker mobile app showing a Great White shark, just off a local beach (see images, below). Ocearch is a research group that is catching, tagging and tracking the habits of sharks all over the world. The crew were the first ones to catch, tag and release an Atlantic Great White shark, including one that they caught right off the jetty at the Mayport Poles, perhaps northeast Florida’s most popular surfing spot. They almost caught a second, larger one in the same area. The shark they caught, which they nicknamed, “Lydia”, was 14′ 6″ long and weighed 2,000 lbs. Here’s a video of them catching it:

On April 6th of this year, another Great White that Ocearch had previously caught and tagged in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (which they named, “Katharine” (14′ 2″, 2,300 lbs.) pinged in near shore right at Mickler’s Beach, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, my own favorite spot and home break (I live just one block away). Exactly one week later, a huge Right Whale washed ashore at Mickler’s and it looked like it had been savaged by sharks, which likely explains one of the reasons why Katharine was in the area. I posted a couple of photos of the whale remains (seen here) on Instagram, and they caused quite a stir when they were picked up and reshared by #Igersjax, the local Instagrammers Club in Jax.

It is a shame to lose such a big, beautiful creature as a Right Whale (which are endangered), but the Great Whites are also pretty magnificent animals. It’s the circle of life. Hopefully, Katharine was full, before pushing on…

Katharine, a 14' 2" 2,300 lb. Great White shark pinged in  near Mickler's Beach on April 6th, 2014

Katharine, a 14′ 2″ 2,300 lb. Great White shark pinged in near Mickler’s Beach on April 6th, 2014

Right Whale remains, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

These remains of large right whale washed ashore in Ponte Vedra Beach on April 13th, 2014

ight whale remains, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

This remains of a Right Whale that washed ashore in Ponte Vedra on APril 13, 2014

Katharine, the Great White Shark

Katharine, the Great White Shark that was near shore at Mickler’s in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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