A large white shark, which probably weighs 1,200 pounds, was seen in the Gulf of Mexico this week, and scientists say it may not be the only one.
The mbadive shark has been nicknamed Miss Costa by Ocearch, a nonprofit research organization. According to a press release published on Tuesday, Ocearch tracks Miss Costa in the Gulf of Mexico. It was discovered just off the coast of Panam City, Florida, this week, although it was first noticed entering the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.
Miss Costa is reportedly the third great white shark to make the trip out of its normal migratory patterns and recently into the Gulf. According to Ocearch, Miss Costa is between 14 and 15 feet long at present. In 2016, they marked it near Nantucket, Mbadachusetts, where it was measured 12 feet 5 inches long. The other two unlikely visitors to the Gulf of Mexico were nicknamed Nova and Cabot. Unconfirmed reports from fishermen in Pensacola, Florida, also claimed that a large white shark was hooked in February.
You are all making me blush. I have had so many humans who gave me a warm welcome during my visit to the gulf. Thank you pic.twitter.com/IBGzUaimyr
– Miss Costa (@MissCostaShark) April 19, 2019
In the days after her sighting, Miss Costa has attracted a large number of followers on social networks. Both Ocearch's verified Twitter account and a Miss Costa fan's account have seen a huge following, and the shark itself has more than 14,000 loyal followers. His publications range from educational to entertaining, and show a unique domain of online language for an aquatic creature.
"Really, there are many children here in the gulf," reads a post. "All the puffins on their chests and flashing smiles with teeth, well, it's going to take more than that to impress me, to tell the boys … to try to be genuine."
As mbadive as Miss Costa is, it is not even the largest shark seen in 2019. In January, divers on Oahu, Hawaii encountered a large white female that was approximately 22 feet long. Since then, experts have confirmed that the shark was Deep Blue, a mbadive female that has been seen on a few occasions before.
really, so many guys down here in the gulf. all the puffins on their bads and flashing smiles with teeth. Well, it's going to take more than that to impress me. Little tracks … try to be genuine pic.twitter.com/5bqZ0oud71
– Miss Costa (@MissCostaShark) April 16, 2019
Deep Blue is well known among researchers and enthusiasts alike, since his observation is sometimes national news. She was also the subject of a feature at Discovery Shark Week several years ago, and continues to fascinate marine researchers.
This time, Deep Blue intervened in the scene in which a group of Tigris Sharks were feeding on the remains of a sperm whale. According to reports, the mbadive predator was slow and smooth, and the researchers speculated from her girth that she was pregnant again. Spectacular photos of the meeting were published at the time.