Great white shark ‘Miss Costa’ visits Panhandle waters

Northwest Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A large female great white shark is being watched very closely in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Named ‘Miss Costa’ the shark was fitted with a tracking device off the coast of Massachusetts and is now cruising off the coast south of Panama City.

She is estimated at 12-feet long and 1,600 pounds.

The international great white shark research organization called Ocearch said the shark first pinged this year in the Gulf in mid-March and has been going north since. 

The shark gets her name from longtime partner Costa Sunglasses.

Her trip to Northwest Florida is unusual because Ocearch doesn’t track great whites usually in the Gulf, especially not giant females.

Research has been done before on great whites coming to the Gulf but much of their activity is a mystery since data sets in this region are lacking compared to others in the Northwest Atlantic.

You can follow ‘Miss Costa’ on twitter here: 

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