SHARK WATCH: ‘Katharine’ The 14-Foot Great White Shark Tracking Closer To Florida, Brevard
By Space Coast Daily // April 14, 2016
'Katharine' Weighs Around 2,300 Pounds
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard’s most favorite Great White Shark ‘Katharine’ is tracking closer to Florida waters after spending extended time up north this past winter.
Her latest ping came in Thursday night at around 9:30 p.m. and located her near South Carolina waters. However, the past couple weeks of data has shown her path to take a direct shift towards Florida.
In recent years, Katharine has made her way to Brevard but this year has spent a lot of time up north.
The 14-foot, 2,300 pound shark was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 2013. She was named by Cat Products fans in honor of Katharine Lee Bates, a Cape Cod native and songwriter – best known for her poem and song “America The Beautiful”, which has been called “an expression of patriotism at its finest.”
Since being tagged in 2013, the massive Great White has accumulated a total of 28, 747 miles.
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