Florida is great white shark stomping ground in winter, sightings likely to increase

Dive instructor Corey Embree was on a routine descent, slipping into the vast blue wilderness three miles off Juno Beach.

He hoped the lemon sharks would appear on the gin-clear New Year’s Day — had just joked on the ship that maybe the group he shepherded would see a white pointer, another name for a great white shark. Someone had mimicked the da-duh, da-duh, da-duh soundtrack from the movie Jaws.

Screen grab taken from Corey Embree's Jan. 1, 2017 video of an encounter with a great white shark.

Screen grab taken from Corey Embree’s Jan. 1, 2017 video of an encounter with a great white shark.

Then he looked down and saw the sea floor move.

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Florida is the wintertime stomping grounds for the great white shark.

A combination of the warm Gulf Stream and a narrow continental shelf may make the waters off Palm Beach County a white shark superhighway.

To find out what happened during Embree’s chance encounter and why great white sightings are likely to increase, read the full Palm Beach Post story here. 

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White shark distribution by season per 2014 report lead by Tobey Curtis.

White shark distribution by season per 2014 report lead by Tobey Curtis.

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