Mammoth great white shark who was tagged in Canada just "pinged" near Florida

Randi Mann
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Mammoth great white shark who was tagged in Canada just "pinged" near Florida
Mammoth great white shark who was tagged in Canada just "pinged" near Florida
Mammoth great white shark who was tagged in Canada just
Mammoth great white shark who was tagged in Canada just

Unama'ki is the second largest white shark that Ocearch has ever tagged. Ocearch is nonprofit that tags and tracks large marine animals for research and preservation purposes.

Unama'ki "pinged" Ocearch as her dorsal fin broke the surface of the water just south of Florida.

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Unama'ki's name means "land of the fog" in the indigenous language of the Mi'kmaq people. The Mi'kmaq is a First Nations people who are indigenous to areas including southeastern Canada, including Nova Scotia.

Unama'ki was first tagged in Nova Scotia in September measuring at 15 feet and 5 inches and weighing in at 2,076 pounds.

Ocearch mentions that they hope Unama'ki will lead them to the place she gives birth, unveiling a previously unknown nursery.

Ocearch says that it's important to track these top predators because "great white sharks are central to the functioning of ecosystems and the maintenance of biodiversity."

Currently, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature, great whites (or "Carcharodon carcharias," according to their science name) are considered a "vulnerable" species, the classification that comes before "endangered."

You can track Unama'ki's journey on Ocearch's website.

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