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Scientists Tracking Great White Shark

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 6/29/2014

Scientists are tracking he movements of a massive Great White Shark, nicknamed "Katharine." She's heading through the Gulf of Mexico near Texas. And her movements are changing what researchers thought they knew about the fearsome predators. More on the story from Miami Beach. Fourteen feet long, 2,300 pounds, Katharine is a Great White on the move. And a team of researchers from Ocearch are able to track her in real time. By the looks of it, she's got her sights set on Texas. Last summer, Katharine was tagged and located with a locator in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, then clocking in pings all the way down the Eastern Seaboard. Last month, pinging several times in Central Florida, and now, the Gulf of Mexico, possibly arriving in Texas in the coming weeks. That's more than 4,000 miles. "And the reason they're doing this is because they're trying to unravel the mystery behind the Great White Shark in the Atlantic Ocean," says CNN reporter Alina Machado. "They want to figure out where and when these sharks are breeding and also, where their nurseries are located so they can protect these areas." Very few get the chance to come this close to a shark of this magnitude safely. People across the U.S. are fascinated with following this ocean giant, just as vacation season heats up, with plans to venture out into the ocean water. Earlier this month, a 22-year-old woman was bitten by an unidentified shark while tubing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "I'm in the water, she's bitten by a shark and she's bleeding everywhere," says a fellow tuber. "There's nowhere for me to go, I'm right next to her. I could be next." This photo taken right after the attack showing torn muscle and crushed bone. And just last week, a Texas teen had a run-in with a shark that was swimming dangerously close to shore, off the coast of Galveston Island. "It just felt like something like bumped into my back," says the female teen. "I was like, this could be a shark." And it was. The 14-year-old emerged from the water with teeth marks etched into the right side of her back,

   
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