San Diego native leading team tagging, tracking great white sharks with GPS units

Team watches sharks swim around world's waters

SAN DIEGO - 10News on Tuesday spoke with the San Diego captain leading a team that is tagging and tracking great white sharks for the very first time.

Brett McBride works with a crew that tags sharks with GPS tracking units and then watches them swim around the world's waters.

It is a first-of-its-kind study that McBride hopes will save the ocean's apex predator.

"I know it in my heart," said McBride. "Now, we can get data to where we actually prove it."

His crew tagged a 16-foot, 3,500-pound North Atlantic great white shark caught in September in the fictitious home of "Jaws," just off the coast of Cape Cod.  

It was a daring encounter that has become just a day at work for McBride.

"I've been interested in sharks since I was a very young kid," he told 10News. "I started fishing in Point Loma in some of the boats when I was about 5. That definitely had a big influence on my love for the ocean."

That love has taken him face-to-face with great whites, so other people do not have to.

Each month, more than a million people hop online to follow along with the sharks McBride and his crew tag with GPS. Some sharks are swimming thousands of miles a year.

Male great whites will swim from the California shores to Hawaii and back several times a year.

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