Tracked white shark approaches Florida coast

| January 13, 2014

GW-Katherine-315x157A female white shark measuring 14ft 2” that was tagged by the not for profit organisation OCEARCH has been tracked down the east coast of the US.

The shark, nicknamed Katherine, was originally tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in August and has slowly made her way down to Florida.  Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue has been keeping track of Katharine, Capt. Tammy Marris said this week. “But we haven’t had any concern.”

It is not uncommon for sharks to be spotted of the coast of Florida but it is poorly understood just how close they come to beaches and how often. This shark spent around two days relatively close to the Palm Coast with her closest approach being around two miles from Daytona Beach. On Thursday the 9th of January she left Florida and started moving south.

It is not clear how typical this behaviour is as there are certainly other untagged white sharks swimming off the eastern US coast.

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