Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Great White Shark Off South Florida

UPDATE: Great White Shark Off Miami

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Florida -- As of 6:57 a.m. on May 13, 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 Port Saint Lucie, Florida (about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach).

The 14-foot great white shark, named Katharine, has remained just off Florida's east coast since May 4, 2014, swimming from Jacksonville south to Cocoa Beach, and then on to Port Saint Lucie on May 13. 

Katherine picked up some speed overnight last night. She traveled nearly 50 miles southward in less than 14 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