Great White Shark Spotted Off Coast of Daytona Beach
A great white shark has been spotted off the coast of Daytona, according to the OCEARCH ocean research group.
The shark, named Katherine, weighs in at 2,300 pounds and is reportedly 14 feet, 2 inches long.
Katherine was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod by OCEARCH on August 20. She emerged off the coast of Georgia days ago before making her trek down to Florida.
Once OCEARCH finds and tags a shark, it monitors the animals via a GPS signal. And anytime a shark's dorsal fin breaches the surface of the water, it sends a signal to the group's lab via a satellite.
Katherine is apparently roaming solo, having traveled 2,003 miles and then spending Christmas off the coast of Georgia before heading down to Daytona Beach.
OCEARCH has not reported any updates as of yet, but from what you can see on the tracker, Katherine is making a beeline to the southern part of the state.
OCEARCH has been tagging sharks and trying to figure out why they migrate thousands of miles into the same waters.
Apparently, great whites love Florida.
Back in January, OCEARCH had spotted two great whites off the coast of Jacksonville Beach. One of the sharks came in at 3,456 pounds and was 16 feet in length.
"We only tagged two, and they both came to Florida," said OCEARCH's Chris Fischer last January. "They've traveled thousands of miles to that spot, and now they've been living in that spot for two months now. What's going on over there?"
In March, a fisherman and his buddies went looking to hook some grouper off the coast of St. Petersburg and instead nabbed a great white shark.
Then in April, a charter boat was fishing about 180 feet off the Port Everglades Inlet when the anglers snagged themselves a massive, 1,000-pound great white, stretching out at 13.5 feet.
In May, a great white was spotted off the coast of the Florida Keys, and a photographer jumped into the water and started taking pictures of the shark. The photographer was miraculously not eaten.
And then again in July, another great white was spotted off the Keys.
Since then, not much has happened. Until Katherine emerged.
So it would appear that the Sharkpocalypse is only just beginning.
You can track the sharks on OCEARCH's Facebook page.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.