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.