A 14 ft., 2,300 pound immature white shark named Katharine tracked to the central Gulf of Mexico has travelled almost 5,000 miles over 11 months to wind up here.
According to OCEARCH, a project dedicated to tracking sharks around the world, Katharine, named for the writer of America the Beautiful, was initially tagged off Cape Cod, Mass. in August 2013.
Chris Fischer is the founder and expedition leader of the group.
FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip asked him if Katharine’s path indicates a normal migration pattern for a great white shark. Fischer said, “We’re establishing what is normal now for the first time… and so this is all brand new stuff. Nobody knows where Katherine is going to go.”
Now, she’s in the central Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Pensacola and some ways off the coast to the south of Panama City, according to her last ping the morning of June 18, 2014.
The female white shark is still immature, and at 14 ft. 2 in. long, still has some growing to do. The largest shark ever measured was over 20 feet long.
According to their website, OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators.
They help leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education.
None of OCEARCH’s other tracked sharks has been spotted this far up in the Gulf.