Katharine the Great White Shark Was Back Off Miami Beach Last Week

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Katharine, a 14-foot great white shark that has spent the past several months off the coast of Florida, was back in South Florida last week.

Katharine was tagged last August by marine biologists off Cape Cod, and they've been tracking her ever since. Earlier this year she headed down south and spent a weekend in March off the coast of Miami Beach.

See also: A 14-Foot Great White Shark Named Katharine Spent the Weekend Circling Miami Beach

Katharine has been in the Gulf of Mexico since early June, but her tracker last pinged in that area July 6 south of Sarasota.

According to Ocearch, she wasn't tracked again until July 17 near the Florida Keys. This past Saturday she was near Palm Beach.

Her tracker pinged again near North Florida's east coast early this morning, seeming to indicate she's headed back to Cape Cod.

"It'll be really interesting to see if Katharine returns to Cape Cod later this summer," Ocearch founder Chris Fischer told USA Today in May. "If she does, then she probably didn't get pregnant. If she does not return to Cape Cod by July, then she's likely pregnant."

Seems like someone didn't get lucky on vacation in Florida.

Betsy, a 12-foot great white that's also being tracked by Ocearch, was recently spotted in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers last received a ping from her June 5, but since then, she hasn't swum close enough to the surface for her tracker to send another signal.

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Kam_Korman
Kam_Korman

People shouldn't act so surprised. It really isn't that special for a Great White to be off the coast of Florida. They spend winters along the North Eastern Coast, and migrate to the Gulf of Mexico, and Australia during the summer. Florida is along the way, in a sense. Also, this shark is only 14 feet long, which yes, is a large shark, but, Great White's reach lengths of just over 20 feet once fully matured. It only makes sense that a younger shark, that isn't familiar with its migrating routes, could end up swimming near Miami. 

Not to say that I would not completely freak out if I was to come across a Great White while in Florida, but it's not as peculiar as many of these people have made it out to be.

Amy Garcia
Amy Garcia

Erika Estrella your worst nightmare

Eric Michael Arill
Eric Michael Arill

You are probably never alone in the water. So don't freak out because the one shark they are tracking is near by. Imagine all of the ones that don't have tags

Betty Alvarez
Betty Alvarez

Uh Oh! Katherine McAninch! What were you doing in Miami Beach? LOL!

Adri Ana
Adri Ana

omg anything but great whites

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

they could easily tie that beacon into an alarm system that would go off if it's in the vicinity of the beach couldn't they?

Anthony Llamas
Anthony Llamas

Joe Joe Surma Anthony Agosta Jason Niedzwiecki Julio Hernandez

Oscar Nunez-Rey
Oscar Nunez-Rey

yes Carolina Barberi, OCEARCH, THEY TAG GREAT WHITE SHARKS, NOW THEY ARE TAGGING MAKOS AND BULL SHARKS ALSO

Lizbel Laureano
Lizbel Laureano

All this time so close. Thank god I don't go to the beach. Lol.

Carlos Vazquez
Carlos Vazquez

Lizbel Laureano In case you were still wondering. Lol

Agatha Morazzani
Agatha Morazzani

Federico Zutel and Aggie never swam at the sandbar again.

Laura Jssm
Laura Jssm

Mélissa Métisse d'Ibiza putain !!!

Caro M
Caro M

Look who is back \U0001f631 Sasha Lauzon

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

We have a duty to protect these awesome creatures, a responsibility as stewards of the planet. Katharine is a very small female, ( if she was human she'd be a teen) Her species is dimorphous, ( in this case, it means the females are Amazons and the males are very much smaller), Given the chance she could reach 18-20ft in length . I wish the best for her, but it is going to be very difficult for her to find a suitable mate in these waters.

Augusto Terra Leite
Augusto Terra Leite

We only know because she has a GPS locator on her... Imagine how many are there without the device.... So relax!

Liz
Liz

Brittany Lynn

Carolina Barberi
Carolina Barberi

Christine Henry I follow these sharks. There is an app so you know where they are at all times. Don't worry, I got us covered!

Natalie Mendez
Natalie Mendez

Oh hell nah. I'm staying away from Katharine lmao Ashley

Christine Henry
Christine Henry

Carolina Barberi Christine Nicholson Fritz told you there was something lurkning in the waters this weekend lol!

Ashley Nicole Ortega
Ashley Nicole Ortega

Natalie Mendez, Dimitri Gardner, Marko Milovic, Hector Urena, Nathalie Julissa, Elexus Adriana Pena Guys, we coulda died lol.

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