Friday, May 16, 2014

Great White Shark Near Ft. Lauderdale

UPDATE: Great White Shark Off Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- As of 8 a.m. on May 16, 2014, a great white shark weighing over 2,000 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder to be tracked by satellite has had its latest ping location approximately 25 miles northeast of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and 20 miles east-southeast of Pompano Beach.

The 14-foot great white shark, named Katharine, has steadily made her way down the east coast of Florida beginning in April.  Katherine has been off the South Florida coast since May 13th.  Yesterday, the great white shark was off the coast of Boca Raton.

If Katherine continues at her same southward pace, she could be off the coast of Miami by this weekend.

According to NOAA fisheries, female great white sharks are believed to be mature when they are about 13-14 feet and can reach sizes up to about 21 feet in length. 

Great white sharks can be found off the Atlantic coast of the United States from as far north as Newfoundland, Canada, to  as far south as the east coast of Florida - but rarely go into the Gulf of Mexico.

To follow the Katharine's latest location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.

Map Credit: Ocearch/Google