Katharine is a great white shark that was tagged by researchers from a nonprofit organization almost one and a half years ago. The scientists put a tag on the shark in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the shark was recently spotted off the Fernandina Beach, in Florida.
Katharine the great white shark is 14 foot in length and was seen surfacing off Fernandina Beach last Friday. The shark was seen heading south and on Saturday, she was spotted near Ponta Vedra Beach.
The marine biologists say the shark traveled approximately 24 miles in a single day.
The great white female shark got her name after Katharine Lee Bates, a songwriter and a native from Cape Cod. The shark was tagged by Ocearch, a marine animal life nonprofit organization, in August 2013.
Since the researchers tagged the shark, Katharine has travelled more than 10,000 miles between the coasts of Massachusetts and the coast of Florida.
The scientists found that the shark can cover very long distances effortlessly, despite the fact that Katharine weighs more than 2,300 pounds.
Scientists have been studying the migratory patterns of great white sharks, which appear to be more dynamic and a lot faster that scientists previously believed.
Jim Gelsleichter is an associate biology professor at the University of North Florida and he talked about the great white shark named Katharine. He said that the moving patterns of the sharks help scientists figure out the food intake of the sharks.
Professor Gelsleichter explains that when sharks are travelling, they lose a lot of energy and it’s important for the researchers to learn the sharks’ migratory patterns, the locations they travel to and what other species they interact with during their travel.
Scientific studies have shown that the great white shark’s diet is mainly made of fish. At some point their diet shifts to bigger prey, like sea lions and seals.
Attacks by the great white off the Carolina coast involving humans are not as common as previously thought. According to recent reports and data gathered by the University of Florida, there was only one attack in the Carolinas reported since 1916, and it was not a fatal attack.
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