Sunday, May 11, 2014

Great White Shark 1 Mile Off Sebastian

UPDATE: Great White Shark Off Miami

MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: As of 5:01 p.m., the great white shark is approximately 1 mile east of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

MONDAY UPDATE: As of 10:35 a.m., the great white shark is approximately 5 miles east of Sebastian, Florida. 

SUNDAY UPDATE: As of 12:38 p.m. on Sunday, the great white shark is approximately 8 miles east of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

COCOA BEACH, Florida -- As of 6:01 a.m. on May 11, 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 just east of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The 14-foot great white shark, named Katharine, has remained just off the east Central Florida coast since May 8, 2014, swimming from Flagler County south to Volusia County, and then on to Brevard County on May 9. 
Katherine picked up some speed overnight last night. She traveled over 5 miles southward in less than 9 hours.

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