MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - OCEARCH'S global shark tracker shows a 12.5-foot-long great white pinging off Melbourne's coastline on Sunday morning. Five hours later, evidence the 1,700-pounder was cruising the Brevard County coastline, offshore and headed north. This time pinging off the coast of Titusville.
Her tracks show she might like it here, as the large great white shark has cruised by us once before. She was named "Miss Costa" in 2016 when she was tagged by OCEARCH,, and apparently- researchers say there's good fishing for her here.
We recently caught up with Dr. Bob Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory while he was onboard OCEARCH'S shark tagging research vessel. He says the shark tracker reveals more and more winter visits by Atlantic Great Whites to feed off Florida's coast, but he says swimmers and tourists need not worry.
"All we are doing is revealing what these sharks have always been doing, so the knowledge that they are out there doesn't change the risk factor for beachgoers," he says. "These animals certainly aren't interested in us, because if they were were, they have lots of opportunity, and they don't take advantage of it. People are not on their menu."