SHARK WATCH: ‘Katharine the Great White’ Spending the Holidays Up North, Will She Return?

By  //  December 8, 2015

Over 2,000 miles away from Brevard

ABOVE VIDEO: Tagging of the Great Shark ‘Katharine’ by Ocearch in 2013. (OCEARCH . Video)

Katharine’s latest ping came in on December 7 at 2:31 a.m. (Ocearch Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The well-known shark among Brevard residents ‘Katharine the Great White’ is breaking tradition this year as her latest ping by Ocearch locates her near Nova Scotia as of Monday at 2:31 a.m.

In recent years, Katharine has made her way to Brevard around this time but the recent track of Katharine’s travels shows her path drifting north.

The 14-foot and 2,300 pound shark was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 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, Katharine has accumulated over 20,800 miles of travel in two years.

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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 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 22 expeditions as of September 2015; by 2016, a total of 26 will be completed.

Katharine the Great White being tagged back in 2013 by Ocearch. (Ocearch, R. Snow Image)