Researchers track a massive great white shark heading toward Texas
GALVESTON, Texas – A massive great white shark, measuring 14 feet long and 2,300 pounds, was spotted 100 miles off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico, headed toward Texas.
Last August, the great white shark, named Katharine, was tagged by researchers from the nonprofit group Ocearch near Massachusetts’ Cape Cod.
Researchers say they are able to pinpoint the shark’s location because of the tag on her tail.
Each time she breaks the surface of the water, her tag sends a signal to a satellite, pinpointing her location.
Visitors can even see where she is in almost real-time on the Ocearch website.
In a week, researchers believe Katharine will be entering the waters off of Texas.
“Every track is giving us new information and going contrary to all the assumptions that we were going on, having sharks in the Gulf is something we thought happened in wintertime,” said Dr. Robert Heuter, director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s center for shark research.