SHARK TRACKER: Great White Shark ‘Katharine’ Swimming Parallel Along The Space Coast
By Space Coast Daily // January 25, 2017
14-foot, 2,300 pound shark
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – What once looked like Katharine, Brevard County’s favorite Great White Shark, would be paying the Space Coast a visit after Monday morning’s recent ping, has taken a quick turn to the north as of Tuesday afternoon’s latest ping location.
Although the 14-foot Great White is still near Brevard County’s ocean waters, she is around 50 miles off the coast of Cocoa Beach.
Monday morning it looked as if Katharine was going to pay Cocoa Beach a visit, judging by her path in the past week.
Katharine, weighing over 2,300 pounds, pinged in at 2:06 p.m. on Tuesday. (As seen in the graph above)
A ‘Ping’ is determined when the shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface and transmits a signal to an overhead satellite. That transmission then gives viewers and scientists an estimated geo-location.
Every year, Katharine visits Brevard County around this time each year before heading up north for the spring and summer months.
Katharine was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts on August 20, 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.”
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