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Katharine the Great White Shark tracked off NC coast

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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A 14-foot, 2,300 pound great white shark named Katharine has been tracked swimming off of the North Carolina coast.

Katharine, a female great white shark, first pinged off the Wilmington coast on Aug. 2. She is being tracked by the research group Ocearch.

She was originally tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Aug. 19, 2013, and named Katharine after Katharine Lee Bates. Bates wrote the song, “America the Beautiful.”

A ping is determined when the tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmits a signal to a satellite over head. The transmission then sends back an estimated geo-location according to Ocearch.

You can track Katharine’s location here.

Source: WECT


  • Jennifer

    Attempted to track Katherine’s current location on the Link you provided… No “Katherine-the-Great-White off the N.C. coast to be found…Not On THIS site you “linked to the public, at any rate!!” Just REALLY curious, your article STATES that This Female Great White was Just tracked”Off the NC Coast..”, But…. WHERE??? Is This a SECRET????

  • Whatev

    My 10 yr old daughter and her friend have been tracking Katharine, and other sharks tagged by Ocearch, since last week! Downloaded the app to my iPhone a couple of weeks back. The kids love it-learning about the sharks, seeing where they have traveled, etc. I think it gives them a sense of safety, also, when we are in the ocean. Although I have informed them that not ALL sharks have been tagged. :-)

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