Great white shark named George tracked in Gulf of Mexico near Everglades

Naples (Fla.) Daily News and The Associated Press
Capt. Brett McBride places his hand on the snout of a great white nicknamed Genie in September 2012 while scientists collect blood, tissue samples and attach tracking devices on the research vessel Ocearch off the coast of Chatham, Mass. A great white named George that was tagged by the same group is now swimming offshore of Naples in the Gulf of Mexico.

NAPLES, Fla. — A great white shark named George was noticed lingering off the Everglades in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shark-tracking organization OCEARCH reported George was tracked Sunday near the edge of Everglades National Park, just south of Everglades City.

George was tagged in October 2016 off Massachusetts. Since then he has been recorded near the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to South Florida and had traveled more than 4,500 miles by Sunday.

He was last recorded as 702 pounds and about 10 feet long. OCEARCH chief science adviser Bob Hueter told The Miami Herald that George probably weighs closer to 1,000 pounds now.

According to the OCEARCH tracking website — — George was named for Expedition Leader Chris Fischer’s father. 

As of late Sunday, George appeared to be making his way up Florida's Gulf Coast toward Everglades City.

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The shark was found through a "ping" from its tracking device. A ping is determined when the tagged shark's dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite overhead. The transmission then sends back an estimated geo-location.

George is not alone this winter in the Gulf. 

A 12-foot-5-inch, 1,668-pound female shark named Miss Costa pinged Monday south of the middle Keys after being recorded off Tampa in January.

And a young 8½-foot female named Savannah pinged off the Crystal River area north of Tampa on Jan 31.