SHE’S BACK: ‘Katharine’ The 2,300-Pound Great White Shark Checks In Near Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // November 27, 2018
located around 50 miles off Florida's Space Coast
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County’s favorite shark is lurking near the Space Coast after OCEARCH received a ping that ‘Katharine’ was located around 50 miles off Florida’s Space Coast.
Her last ping came in at 7:12 p.m. ET on Friday. (As seen in the graph above)
Since being tagged in 2013, she has swam over 36,000 miles.
A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark, this superstar of the species Carcharodon carcharias was tagged by OCEARCH off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2013 to learn more about the migratory habits of sharks using satellite technology.
She was named 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.”
The Carcharodon carcharias species was made famous by the bestselling novel Jaws by Peter Benchley and the subsequent blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg depicted the great white shark as a ferocious man-eater.
Humans are not the preferred prey of the great white shark, but, nevertheless, the great white is responsible for the largest number of reported and identified fatal unprovoked shark attacks on humans.
OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale.
In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. OCEARCH has completed 26 worldwide expeditions.
In 2015, OCEARCH open sourced the data on the Global Shark Tracker to 2.3 million users, achieved an annual global reach of more than 12.2 billion media impressions, a Facebook reach of 150 million impressions, and a Twitter reach of 36 million impressions.
ABOVE VIDEO: Tagging of the Great Shark ‘Katharine’ by Ocearch in 2013. (OCEARCH .Video)
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