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Diver meets 20ft long, great white shark off the Florida coast and calls it after his wife

A diver shared a close encounter with a 20-foot, pregnant white shark while exploring the Breaker Reef off the east coast of Florida.

Jim Cocci was in a group charter with 10 other divers when he saw an opportunity last week to swim next to the huge creature.

Because this was the first time the shark was seen in the area, researchers gave Cocci the honor of naming the newly discovered fish.

He chose ‘Colleen’ after his wife and shared the announcement in a Facebook message with the text: ‘Our’ new ‘shark is included in the database and is called’ Colleen ‘after my loving wife, best friend and best diving buddy – ever! Happy Valentine’s Day, baby !! “

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A diver shared a close encounter with a 20-foot, pregnant white shark while exploring the Breaker Reef off the east coast of Florida. Jim Cocci was in a group charter with 10 other divers when he saw an opportunity last week to swim next to the huge creature

A diver shared a close encounter with a 20-foot, pregnant white shark while exploring the Breaker Reef off the east coast of Florida. Jim Cocci was in a group charter with 10 other divers when he saw an opportunity last week to swim next to the huge creature

Cocci was diving with the Walker’s Dive Charters last week and on the second day, February 11, he saw the huge white one.

“It looked like an appearance from the dark blue haze – and it was huge,” Cocci said FLORIDA TODAY.

He continued to explain that the shark swam away before anyone could grab his cameras by coming back, allowing divers to get a different look.

After the diver, Cocci informed the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program of the sighting, which rummaged through his database of 120 known large whites in the area.

Only two words needed to describe West Palm with Walker’s Dive Charters today: “Great White”!

Posted by Jim Cocci on Tuesday 11 February 2020

Because this was the first time the shark was seen in the area, researchers gave Cocci (left) the honor to name the newly discovered fish. He chose to name his wife Colleen (right) in honor of Valentine's Day

Because this was the first time the shark was seen in the area, researchers gave Cocci (left) the honor to name the newly discovered fish. He chose to name his wife Colleen (right) in honor of Valentine's Day

Because this was the first time the shark was seen in the area, researchers gave Cocci (left) the honor to name the newly discovered fish. He chose to name his wife Colleen (right) in honor of Valentine’s Day

Cocci was diving with the Walker’s Dive Charters last week and on the second day, February 11, he saw the huge white one. “It looked like an appearance from the dark blue haze – and it was huge,” Cocci told FLORIDA TODAY

However, after their investigation, the organization discovered that this shark had not been ‘known’ before the observation on 11 February.

The program contacted Cocci and gave him the honor to name the shark for his database. Cocci chose to name it after his wife and best friend of the past 37 years – Colleen.

Cocci wrote this on his Facebook page: “Announcement! Our recently documented Great White shark has been established by the Massachusetts Shark Research Program as a new discovery. “

‘Our’ new ‘shark is included in the database and is named’ Colleen ‘after my loving wife, best friend and best diving buddy ever! Happy Valentine’s Day, baby !! “

More and more large white sightings occur, just like last week, a shark follower saw a land off the coast of the Carolinas.

After the diver, Cocci reported the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program of the sighting, which rummaged through its database of 120 known large whites in the area

After the diver, Cocci reported the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program of the sighting, which rummaged through its database of 120 known large whites in the area

After the diver, Cocci reported the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program of the sighting, which rummaged through its database of 120 known large whites in the area

However, after their investigation, the organization discovered that this shark had not been 'known' before the observation on 11 February

However, after their investigation, the organization discovered that this shark had not been 'known' before the observation on 11 February

However, after their investigation, the organization discovered that this shark had not been ‘known’ before the observation on 11 February

More and more large white sightings occur, just like last week, a shark follower saw a land off the coast of the Carolinas (photo)

More and more large white sightings occur, just like last week, a shark follower saw a land off the coast of the Carolinas (photo)

More and more large white sightings occur, just like last week, a shark follower saw a land off the coast of the Carolinas (photo)

The sharks range from eight feet to nearly 13 feet long and some weigh more than 1,000 pounds and come together at this location since last month.

The map also shows a large gap where the sharks are now pinging, because the next group is along the tip of Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico – leaving experts astonished why there is a large group in the northeast.

Several people commented on the observation and suggested that a combination of good food and moderate water could be the reason for the cluster.

“The body of colder water trapped between the Gulf Stream and the coast is an important feature of this region,” said OCEARCH collaborating scientist Bryan Franks, assistant professor of marine sciences at the University of Jacksonville, in a statement.

“This function results in a range of water temperatures at a relatively short horizontal distance from the coast to the Gulf Stream.”

“In addition, there is a potential for abundant prey in the migrating populations along the coastlines and in the dynamic mixing zone on the edge of the stream.”

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