After starting her summer in the Gulf of Mexico, including offshore Manatee County, Katharine the great white shark has returned to Palm Beach County.
Ocearch.org, a research group that focuses on great white sharks, showed that Katharine pinged off the coast between Lake Worth and Lantana at 4 p.m. Saturday.
A ping is registered whenever a tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water long enough for a GPS to determine its location.
Katharine seems to be making her way north. After spending most of the past month in the Gulf of Mexico, she’s been slowly moving eastward. Her previous two pings have taken place near Key Largo and The Bahamas, according to Ocearch.
Katherine was originally tagged near Cape Cod and has weighed in at 2,300 pounds and measures about 14 feet long. Researchers hope tagging Katharine and other young female great whites will help them learn where these predators give birth.
A Twitter feed in her name, Shark—Katharine, shows a picture of her surfacing Thursdayeast of Islamorada. Her Thursday pings were her first in 11 days. While she was in the Gulf, she was pinging multiple times per day.
Ocearch has tagged 150 sharks in the past seven years. Those interested in tracking Katharine and other great whites can find them with Ocearch’s Shark Tracker.