14-foot great white shark ‘Katharine’ surfaces off North Carolina coast

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Katharine shark

WANCHESE, N.C. — The great white shark known as Katharine has surfaced off the coast of North Carolina.

The 14-foot 3,200 pound predator “pinged” off the North Carolina coast on Friday afternoon, according to tracking data provided by shark researchers at OCEARCH.

OCEARCH is a nonprofit research organization that monitors the migratory patterns of sharks including great whites. Katharine is one of the sharks they’re monitoring.

A satellite tag was attached to the shark’s dorsal fin in August, 2013. The tag sends coordinates of her position via satellite whenever she breaks the water’s surface.

Katharine has surfaced several times in North Carolina waters. She was tracked off the Cape Fear Coast last year and surfaced off Pea Island and in the surf off Kitty Hawk the year before that.