A one-ton great white shark is surveying South Florida. 9.7K likes. “She’ll be bigger, significantly bigger and in particular, she’s much, much girthier,” Chris Fischer, Ocearch’s founder, told the Miami Herald. "They are the balance keepers, the lions of the ocean. A massive female great white shark that was located off Southwest Florida in 2014 has been found again, this time off the east cost of the state. Then, she went back to the Cape Cod/Nantucket region in 2014. Large circles show “seal haul-outs,” or places where seals are known to congregate and thus attract sharks, like Katharine. Previous Shark Attack Maps can be found based on the year 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 , 2014 and 2013 . "Scientists have made that clear.". The group conducts real-time tracking of hundreds of sharks through its Global Shark Tracker … We'll work for 25 days and if we capture one or two, it'll be a huge success.". Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. (As seen in the graph above) Since being tagged in 2013, she has swam over 38,955 miles. After foraging, Katharine's tracker showed movement offshore, where she would "grow her babies," Fischer said. "The path to abundance goes through the sharks," he said. In such cases, Tracking Sharks will post as close to the believed shark attack bite area as possible. After crewman Brett McBride maneuvers caught sharks onto the platform, the crew raises it and the scientists jump on, conducting about 15 tests in 15 minutes. "There would be tremendous use for it," Fischer said. But the title for most unpredictable shark — mechanical or real — might have just been wrested by another great white, this one named Katharine. Katharine, the Great White. Researchers say Katherine, weighing 2,300 pounds, is only about 100 … Great white sharks can grow up to 20ft in length. Lowcountry II expedition chief scientist Bryan Franks, a Jacksonville University doctoral professor. Only on Ocearch. Katharine, who was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was named by Cat Products fans in honor of Katharine Lee Bates, a … ... Ocearch researchers suspected Katherine (the shark)'s tracker … Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. Katharine, a great white shark tracked by a research group, is back at Cape Cod after a months-long journey that took her into the Gulf of Mexico and near the Texas coast. Katharine has been spotted this week off the Treasure Coast. (Photo: Contributed photo). ET on Wednesday. OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. Developed by European Space Agency engineer Peter de Maagt, who also was on the expedition, it can detect when a satellite is passing over a shark and upload real-time data to it. She's not pregnant," Fischer said. This "safe boat" shuttles people back and forth to shore, which at Ponce Inlet was a mere one-mile, 10-minute trip. Katharine has been spotted this week off the Treasure Coast. The longer her tag lasts, the more we can learn about the migration patterns of Great White … "It's interesting to see how the people of Florida have fallen in love with this particular shark.". ], In five and a half years, Katharine has traveled close to 37,000 miles from the north Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are thrilled with the $500 cost, as current models that have to fall off the shark and be retrieved to download the data cost $5,000. Katharine the shark’s pings have shown her track from as far north as Nova Scotia, looping around Florida into the Gulf of Mexico in 2014. A one-ton great white shark is surveying South Florida. White shark Katharine is one of those two sharks and was on the cusp of reaching maturity during her tagging at the end of 2013. Great whites can go for long periods without surfacing. ", "She pings regularly enough to get amazing data but doesn't ping so much that she burns out her battery fast," he said. Katharine's popularity happened organically, and it's also one of OCEARCH's most important accomplishments, Fischer said. In January 2018, TCPalm's investigations, politics and Indian River Lagoon editor Cheryl Smith and visuals journalist Patrick Dove tagged along with OCEARCH during an expedition. However, great white sharks are now making news for an entirely different reason: their migration patterns. [ Below: The yellow line shows Katharine's journey and also where she surfaced on OCEARCH's real-time tracker. It leads us to where we can get a lot more.". A group of giant great white sharks has been seen hunting in the waters off the east coast of the US. Katharine, a 14ft great white shark with a worldwide fan base, has re-emerged on a satellite tracking system researchers used to follow her movements. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. "Those trips are tough," Fischer admitted. The tracker, attached to Katharine’s dorsal fin, transmits a signal to a satellite, which then tells researchers the shark’s location. We are excited to see that Katharine's tag is still providing data. This map is for informational use only. Scientists prefer sharks ping with less frequency so, hopefully, they can be tracked longer. Katharine, a 14ft great white shark with a worldwide fan base, has re-emerged on a satellite tracking system researchers used to follow her movements. It pins a cool body of water where sharks, many tagged by OCEARCH, forage on red and black drum and follow big-bait migrations, Fischer said. A variety of sharks have been tagged including tiger sharks and makos, but the most popular appear to be great white sharks. According to Ocearch, Unama'ki, a 15-foot adult female shark, pinged off the coast of Key Largo early Thursday morning. "The sharks that we capture there are the ones that led us to Canada to find the separate fall aggregation," he said. "But if we were working and she swam up to us — it would be a gift from the ocean — and we'd definitely try to capture her and retag her," Fischer said. The shark is tagged with a … Researchers from OCEARCH catch and tag Katharine the great white shark on Aug. 19, 2013, off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. The rediscovery comes as surprise to the team, as Katharine disappeared from radar more than a year ago, causing alarm among her many followers. OCEARCH tagged Katharine the Great White shark Aug 19, 2013 in Cape Cod. "If people were still freaked out by sharks, that old Jaws disposition, then the people might not want us to manage (them)," Fischer said. Katharine the Great White Shark, Cape Cod. Katherine, a "misunderstood" 2,300 pound, 14-foot female great white shark, is currently barrelling towards Texas, according to tracking data collected by the nonprofit group Ocearch. Some of the scientists' sample-collection equipment. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. She has been spotted this week off the Treasure Coast. At the time this beauty was 14 ft. 2 in. ... Ocearch researchers suspected Katherine (the shark)'s tracker … Take Mary Lee, a 16-foot 3,456-pound great white that was first tracked last September. Miss Costa’s visit is also significant because OCEARCH has only ever tracked two other large females into the Gulf of Mexico. "We keep going although it's difficult because the data we get from the few that come out of there has been some of the most important data to date. If you see any corrections, please feel free to contact Tracking Sharks. Researchers from OCEARCH catch and tag Katharine the great white shark on Aug. 19, 2013, off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. TCPalm tagged along with OCEARCH last year, OCEARCH great white shark fishing adventure helped allay some fears 'Jaws' ingrained in me, OCEARCH hunts for great white sharks one mile off Ponce Inlet to tag, study for research, Great white shark extinction would upset balance of Atlantic Ocean, State Road 60 crash critically injures Vero Beach man, 47, Indian River County to spend all its CARES Act money, COVID: Dec. 1 cases, deaths & hospitalizations, 3 pounds of marijuana, guns found in traffic stop, Treasure Coast eateries: What's opened recently, Indian River beaches to get $12 million repair, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Katharine only visited the Gulf during the first year she was tracked in 2014. Interested in the tracking process? We are excited to see that Katharine's tag is still providing data. A small crew spends all day in this twin-engine center-console Contender, fishing for white sharks near the M/V OCEARCH. Katharine was first tagged in August 2013 in Cape Cod. Shark fans: You can track movements of Great Whites on this site Updated Aug 05, 2019; Posted Jun 20, 2019 The great white shark population is … Experts tracking a great white shark through the Gulf of Mexico say the giant killer is heading for Texas. Katharine has her own Twitter account with 58,700 followers — by comparison, TCPalm has 50,200 followers — and articles written about her escapades are some of the most-read stories on TCPalm.com. The tracker had been fitted seven years prior and batteries typically last five. Katharine the Great White Shark, Cape Cod. "We saw her transition from a large sub-adult to sexually mature within her track, which was really cool," Fischer said. The 2,300 lb. According to the team, their satellite tracking provider “did an in-depth analysis” to produce an “extremely rough estimate of where she might be”. You can track online great white sharks Katherine and Betsy in the Gulf of Mexico.. While the data-based research company has been applauded by many for its contribution to peer-reviewed research on marine biology, Ocearch has faced criticism for its popularization of shark tracking. Unfortunately, OCEARCH cannot leverage the tags to find and catch her again. It's never happened with a large white shark, though. Send an email to maureen.kenyon@tcpalm.com, call 772-221-4249 or follow her on Twitter @_MaureenKenyon_. But the following year, Katharine transitioned to a two-year migratory loop. Enter Katharine, a shark arguably as famous as the star of … Katharine, who was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was named by Cat Products fans in honor of Katharine Lee Bates, a … Watch as the research team OCEARCH captures, tags and releases the great white shark Katharine off Cape Cod in August 2013. Large female white sharks like Katharine experience a two-year migratory loop from their mating site, Fischer said. OCEARCH tracking data in the Atlantic suggest there could be more than one population, or subpopulation, of white sharks inhabiting the Northwest Atlantic. The Louisville distiller, which currently has four barrels on the M/V OCEARCH, says whiskey ages faster on a rolling ship because more of the liquid sloshes onto the wood more often. The sharks go into a docile state called "learned helplessness" until they're allowed to glide off and back into the ocean. OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on our ocean's giants. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. To do that, OCEARCH began to give the sharks a voice, shifting the tone from fear to fascination, Fischer said. Katherine – a 14-foot-long, 2,300 pound Great White Shark – could be headed to Virginia Beach. Katharine did so off South Carolina in May 2019, according to a map maintained by Ocearch, the group tracking her. Katharine's tracker pinged off Hobe Sound in Martin County Dec. 11, before she headed north toward the waters off Brevard. A 17-foot great white shark that was tagged off Canada last month has made its way to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, an ocean research group said.OCEARCH, which tagged the shark Oct. 2, … Katharine, a 2,300-pound white shark that often surfaces along Florida's east coast, has traveled nearly 37,000 miles from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. OCEARCH staff work in the wheelhouse, which offers an expansive ocean view. The long countertop in the tack room is full of equipment like this. Katharine is believed to be 30 years old. A shark that pings once a day for 10 days rather than a shark that pings 10 times a day for 10 days is better for science, Fischer said, and "that's what Katharine's given us. Katharine, a 2,300-pound white shark that often surfaces along Florida's east coast, has traveled nearly 37,000 miles from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. A great white shark known as Katherine has reappeared on tracking maps off the coast of North Carolina after not being seen since January. When a shark … She's not a beach bum, though. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/science/shark-katharine-found-twitter.html You wouldn't want to run into her in the surf, but you can follow her on Twitter and track her movements online. About a decade ago, numbers were down to about 9 percent of where they should have been, Fischer said. People now understand the science because they have been involved with the project from the beginning. A great white shark named "Katharine" is being tracked off the coast of Lake Worth. Unfortunately, no sharks were tagged. OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer addresses the troops. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 3 months. The tracker, attached to Katharine’s dorsal fin, transmits a signal to a satellite, which then tells researchers the shark’s location. OCEARCH realized it had to change the conversation about sharks. Besides confirming humans' obsession with sharks, what exactly has Katharine taught us, and how long can scientists expect to gather data from her tracker? Katharine is a 14-foot sub-adult great white shark… shark named Katharine … One of Katherine's fellow female great whites, Lydia, became the first shark to be tracked crossing the Atlantic last year. Clockwise, they are: Bob Hueter (foreground) of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota; Linda Planthof of the European Space Agency in Amsterdam; Lisa Hoopes of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta; Samantha Ehnert of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville; and Peter de Maagt of the European Space Agency. Katharine, a great white shark, was tagged by OCEARCH off in 2013. "We could measure her again, we could understand how fast she grew and compare metrics from when we tagged her to whenever we recaptured her.". Read or Share this story: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/2019/02/05/katharine-shark-heres-what-shes-taught-ocearch-white-sharks/2643158002/. 1 weather alerts 1 closings/delays Katharine did so off South Carolina in May 2019, according to a map maintained by Ocearch, the group tracking her. "By giving the sharks a voice, to allow them to communicate with people, it makes people better understand them," he said. She was tagged by the Marine Research Group, Ocearch , back in … Tracker batteries normally last about five years, depending on how much a shark surfaces. If there's lots of big sharks, there's lots of fish sandwiches for our kids.". After mating, most likely near Cape Cod, Katharine would drop down into what Fischer calls the North Atlantic shared foraging area, where the Gulf Stream kicks off Cape Canaveral and winds offshore and comes back near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. For decades, when people thought of sharks they thought of Jaws. OCEARCH is still getting solid location data for Katharine — who last surfaced Jan. 14 near Daytona Beach — and Fischer is confident they'll be able to track her for a long time. In the five and a half years since OCEARCH, a shark research and advocacy team, has been tracking Katharine, she's gained quite a following on the Treasure and Space coasts. Take Mary Lee, a 16-foot 3,456-pound great white that was first tracked last September. A great white shark which mysteriously vanished more than a year ago, has reappeared off the U.S. east coast just ahead of the presidential election. Keep up to date with global shark attacks on the 2020 Shark Attack Tracking Map. The tack room is full of some pretty hefty fishing gear. Katharine is a 14-foot sub-adult great white shark… Some critics have alleged Ocearch’s methods border on exploitation, citing the company’s controversial partnerships with companies including SeaWorld. The tracking data allows studies such as the examination of fine and broad-scale movements, habitat use, site fidelity, residency, and feeding behavior of white sharks. She's set to circle past the Florida Keys and move into the Gulf of Mexico, similar to what she did last year. It measures 126-by-33 feet. Katharine, a great white shark that has been tracked since 2013, is giving off her location again. “In the end, if we’re going to have an abundant ocean, why not get everybody involved?” he asked. "Now, we love up on 'em like we love up on big cats.". The track of a 14-foot great white shark showed it nearing South Florida on Thursday with no signs of stopping. Find a … Great whites can go for long periods without surfacing. An aerial shot of Katharine the great white shark off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. Experts say she and other great whites could make their way to the Texas coast. OCEARCH.ORG ocearch.org OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators. OCEARCH video. As of 6:42 a.m. Sunday, Katharine was tracked moving east at a latitude matching the Canaveral National Seashore. "Unama'ki is on the move. The name comes from the indigenous people of Nova Scotia and means, "land of the fog. Her satellite tag pinged Monday making it the longest lasting of all the white shark tags attached by Ocearch scientists. Females are sexually mature at 20 years old. Inlets are good honey holes. 9.7K likes. The OCEARCH crew and visiting scientists live in tight quarters during expeditions. Since being tagged, Mary Lee has covered most of the Eastern Seaboard, swimming very … She was tagged near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in August 2013, and traveled around the tip of Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico, consistent to what large, sexually immature sub-adults do. The cold- and dry-food storage in the tack room is tight, but the cook serves up delicious hot meals three times a day. Thrilling Katherine I have been tracking Katherine a massive great white shark, since she was tagged about 7 years ago. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A 2,300-pound great white shark named Katharine pinged off the coast of North Carolina near Kitty Hawk on Thursday. Whale sharks grow to over 40 feet long and weigh as much as 20 tons. After 6 months of silence, white shark Katharine pinged in 5x's yesterday! According to Ocearch, Unama'ki, a 15-foot adult female shark, pinged off the coast of Key Largo early Thursday morning. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. Her last ping came in at 8:21 a.m. Researchers from OCEARCH caught and tagged Katharine on Aug. 19, 2013. Also called “Katherine” by some in the US, the shark is named after the songwriter and Cape Cod native Katharine Lee Bates – most known for her poem America The Beautiful. TCPalm tagged along with OCEARCH last year. OCEARCH dropped us back off at the quaint Ponce Inlet, where there's a marina, lighthouse and marine science center. In an interview with the New York Times, he questioned how research would be funded without its partnerships and apparel sales. "We didn't know for sure, but we knew she was close," he said. Could OCEARCH find Katharine and and re-tag her? OCEARCH heads out on its 34th expedition Feb. 8 into the shared foraging region out of Jacksonville. "She was up a lot, which means we just basically just got the five years out her tracker," he added. Last modified on Thu 16 Apr 2020 17.52 EDT. Fischer defended the company’s approach. The transmitter that was attached off Cape Cod in August 2013 is roughly half the size of an iPhone and is meant to ping whenever the shark breaks the ocean surface. FLORIDA TODAY watchdog reporter Rick Neale will join them a week later. Researcher group OCEARCH has shown the predators are being tracked … When it began, OCEARCH's main focus was to try to manage large sharks. During the first year of tracking Katharine, she traveled a one-year migration. Great white sharks are known to invade newspapers, magazines and TV sets, usually painted as savage monsters. Please be polite. Katharine, the 14-foot Great White Shark, was spotted off the Cape Canaveral Wednesday morning, according to the Ocearch’s Shark Tracker. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. The MV/OCEARCH research vessel appeared out of nowhere in a dense fog. The app is regularly up-dated and runs quickly. Fischer estimated Katharine could now be up to 3,300lb. The longer her tag lasts, the more we can learn about the migration patterns of Great White Sharks. Great White Being Tracked as It Heads for Texas The shark known as "Katherine" was tagged last year and can now be tracked by any Internet … Lesson Overview. Exciting to see she is still out there with last ping in May 2020. Our mission is to accelerate the ocean’s return to abundance through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach and policy. Smaller concentric circles show places where Katharine has surfaced. A 12-foot great white shark is hanging around Panama City Beach, Fla. Miss Costa was originally tagged in 2016… Read More Great white shark tracked in the Panhandle, and it’s not the first It's OK to disagree with someone's ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. A great white shark swims off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Katharine, the great white shark, has been cruising up and down Florida’s east coast for the past couple of months, and has most recently surfaced off Fort Pierce. Katharine's tracker pinged off Hobe Sound in Martin County Dec. 11, before she headed north toward the waters off Brevard. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM OCEARCH). This couch throw pillow is just one of the many "sharky" images all over the vessel and on the crew's and scientists' clothes, jewelry, iPhone cases, drinkware, etc. (164 stone) Since that time she has traveled 4784.023 miles (7699.1 km) down the East coast of the US. A 2,300-pound great white shark named Katharine pinged off the coast of North Carolina near Kitty Hawk on Thursday. Studies by other scientists since then have tracked similar shark behavior. More: OCEARCH hunts for great white sharks one mile off Ponce Inlet to tag, study for research, More: Great white shark extinction would upset balance of Atlantic Ocean. But I am super fresh and super fly. Posted Jan. 18, 2014. Miss Costa, a great white shark, was tracked in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida panhandle in the Spring of 2019. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. Featured Article: “Katharine, the Great White Shark Who Ghosted Her Trackers, Resurfaces” by … You will need to register before adding a comment. Want to start a conversation? OCEARCH tracked this white shark behavior in 2007-2009 and conducted a 30-day expedition to the SOFA in 2009. She has traveled over 33,679 miles since being tagged and released in 2013. Katherine the shark, one of the 50 great whites tracked by OCEARCH, ... Katherine the shark, one of the 50 great whites tracked by OCEARCH, has become something of a celebrity, so much so that viewers anxious to get a peek at her location crashed the research site's servers this week. Maureen Kenyon is TCPalm's trends reporter, keeping Treasure Coast residents updated on hot topics and happenings. On Twitter, follow Katharine at @Shark_Katharine and OCEARCH at @ocearch. On the other hand, Mary Lee, a 16-foot, 3,400-pound great white that was tagged in 2012, was a "prolific pinger," Fischer said. It looks like Katharine … The light blue hydraulic tower (right) lifts the slatted-wood platform (center) up and over the starboard side of the ship (left) and into knee-deep water. The map below shows the travels of Katharine, a 14-foot long, 2,300-pound white shark that was tagged in summer of 2013. She has been spotted this week off the Treasure Coast. However, according to SeaWorld’s website, the partnership includes “rescue, research, education and policy”, increasing consumers’ understanding of marine life “to save species and their habitats”. She has a huge following, including her own Twitter account, as one of two social sharks for Ocearch. But it's Katherine who enjoys the most acclaim on the Web. Florida Today. "You get the data that you need but now we can get it for a longer period of time.". #FinsUp #sharkgirl #sharkworld #NoRonaDownHere. Ocearch did not return a request for comment on its partnership with SeaWorld, the marine mammal park chain. Do you have a story to tell? ... Few creatures strike more fear in humans than the great white shark. Watch researchers tag whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean. The transmitter that was attached off Cape Cod in August 2013 is roughly half the size of an iPhone and is meant to ping whenever the shark breaks the ocean surface. "Of all the sharks we've tagged, she is, by far, the closest thing we have to a Floridian," said Chris Fischer, founding chairman and expedition leader at OCEARCH. (CNN) — At 14 feet long and 2,300 pounds, it’s only fitting that Katharine is heading for the land where everything is bigger. At 11:28 a.m. Monday, Katharine pinged east well off the coast of Daytona Beach - … The nonprofit responsible for tracking her recently reported that she … Katharine did so off South Carolina in May 2019, according to a map maintained by Ocearch, the group tracking her. With the platform at sea level, the crew puts a wet towel over the shark's head, to calm it and keep its eyes moist, and a hose in its mouth, to flush water over the gills. I sit here and Katherine swims on and on. Mary Lee is a 3,456-pound great white shark. Dutch scientist Irene Kingma wants to attach this state-of-the-art device to a white shark fin. There's even a grill and a smoker on deck. "George" was spotted Monday near Daytona Beach. The name comes from the indigenous people of Nova Scotia and means, "land of the fog. "We never dreamed it would take off the way that it did," he said. Katherine, a 14 foot Great White, sends a signal every time she surfaces. Before you begin, you should know there are several different tags used in shark tracking. "The sharks are so spread out. ABOVE VIDEO: Katharine, a 14-foot great white shark, is tagged by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization devoted to researching apex predators in the ocean. "They might not understand their fundamental role in making sure their kids can eat fish. Lowcountry II photographer Kyle Decker sports a #DontFearTheFin T-shirt. After 6 months of silence, white shark Katharine pinged in 5x's yesterday! Scientists initially believed Katharine’s tracker had run out of batteries as the shark had not appeared on radar since May 2019. (4m) long and weighed in at 2,300 lb. Katharine is the name of an Atlantic white shark tagged by OCEARCH with a sizable fan following. Katharine, a 2,300-pound great white shark tracked by the non-profit group Ocearch, appears to have moved further out into the Atlantic Ocean. "Unama'ki is on the move. Sightings should be reported to OCEARCH. ", More: OCEARCH great white shark fishing adventure helped allay some fears 'Jaws' ingrained in me. Katharine's tracking pattern also showed scientists how and when white sharks enter the Gulf of Mexico, Fischer said. An aerial shot of Katharine the great white shark off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. Some sharks ping all the time, Fischer said, and some sharks never ping. OCEARCH is a a data-centric marine research company that has been tracking the shark, dubbed Katherine, and other great whites in the northwest Atlantic. She's set to circle past the Florida Keys and move into the Gulf of Mexico, similar to what she did last year. The data allows us to see the range of shark movements in different parts of the world -their migration patterns – and helps us uncover the areas in need of protection. Mary Lee's last ping was June 17, 2017. Ocearch had been tracking the shark, as well as other great whites, along the north-west Atlantic coast. Great whites can go for long periods without surfacing. Even though OCEARCH doesn't tag many white sharks out of this region, the ones they do find and track supply scientists with some of the most important data, Fischer said. They mate every other year, giving birth, on average, to seven, 4-foot-long, 45-pound pups. “The analysis shows there’s a chance she could be about 200 miles off the coast of Virginia,” researchers for the marine research company Ocearch wrote in a 7 April Facebook post. The crew and scientists often hang out in the back of the boat, where the corners (not pictured) have two drum lines and the chum pipe. Tagging great white sharks 04:44. ABOVE VIDEO: Katharine, a 14-foot great white shark, is tagged by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization devoted to researching apex predators in the ocean. Katherine Great White Tracker Ocearch Great White Shark Tracker Ocearch Articles & Shopping. A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark, Katharine surfaced five times recently just off the Melbourne beaches. She has traveled over 33,679 miles since being tagged and released in 2013. When Katharine was tagged, she was on the cusp of sexual maturity, Fischer said. An aerial shot of the boat used by researchers from OCEARCH to catch and tag Katharine the great white shark on Aug. 19, 2013, off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. 2,497 talking about this. Shark with its own Twitter account disappeared for over a year, 14ft predator tracked by satellite 200 miles off Virginia coast. Scientists hang out in the galley much of the day. Find all our Lessons of the Day here. "That told us that, OK, she's not sexually mature. The founding chairman and expedition leader at OCEARCH talks about the popularity of the white shark and why tracking her is so important. Related: See how rare shark attacks really are. Since being tagged, Mary Lee has covered most of the Eastern Seaboard, swimming very close to … Researchers from OCEARCH caught and tagged Katharine on Aug. 19, 2013. Update, July 21, 12:02 p.m. Katharine the great white shark shot past the Space Coast this morning. “She’s probably a very robust, mature female white shark in her productive prime.”, Naw, ya’ll my battery’s dead.