Shark pinged off of coast, local expert tells us why

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A 2,000 pound female great white shark pinged off the coast of Panama City Beach on February 4.

The great white pinged off the coast. (WJHG/WECP)

She's tracked on a website called Ocearch, and in her bio it says she could lead mankind to discover a great white shark nursery.

But local shark expect Dr. John Carlson says otherwise.

"So we believe that their nurseries are offshore, but they don't seem to be in one discrete area, which was suggested that this area might be a discrete nursery area for white sharks," said Dr. Carlson.

Dr. Carlson says that there's no evidence that Great Whites will come here to give birth, but it's not uncommon for Great Whites to migrate here in the winter.

"We do see white sharks in the area because one, the weather is cooler," says Dr. Carlson. "And two, they're potentially feeding on older whales, which can't make the migration anymore, or younger whales which don't swim as well as the adults."

Dr. Carlson tells us this time of the year many other marine mammals are also giving birth - an easy prey for great white sharks.

But these sharks have managed to keep their nurseries a mystery to scientists.

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