During the first two weeks of January 2021, there were three great white shark sightings in the offshore waters of the Gulf between Fort Pierce and St. Lucie. 

Over the years, great white shark sightings have become more and more common. These animals typically repeat the same migratory patterns, so you can pretty easily predict if they’re going to be in your area every year. 

OCEARCH has been able to learn a lot about sharks through its satellite tracking. The most notable shark they’re tracked is Katharine, who has been followed for the past seven years. She made a few migratory loops and is now a “proper matriarch”, weighing around 3,000 pounds and mother shark to dozens of babies. 

There may be more great white shark sightings in the near future, too. Last year, in the middle of February, a group of divers outside of Palm Beach Inlet spotted a 20-foot long great white shark. So, what do you do if you spot a great white?

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program team is working to identify great white sharks encountered by divers. They’ve developed a database over the years to identify specific markings, scars, and coloration. 

If you encounter a great white shark and are able to take high-quality photos and videos, send them to MassSharks@gmail.com or tag MA_Sharks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.