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6/20/2014 (9 months ago)

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Both 'Betsy' and 'Katherine' being closely monitored by scientists

Two ladies are due to make their appearances known on share - and those enjoying the beach must take heed. "Katherine," at 14 feet long and 2,300 pounds is one great white shark no one should mess with. Another great white, dubbed "Betsy," is likewise being monitored by marine biologists.

Researchers from the nonprofit group Ocearch tagged Katharine off Massachusetts' Cape Cod, along with the 14-foot long, 2,300-pound shark Betsy last August.

Researchers from the nonprofit group Ocearch tagged Katharine off Massachusetts' Cape Cod, along with the 14-foot long, 2,300-pound shark Betsy last August.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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6/20/2014 (9 months ago)

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Keywords: Great white sharks, tagged, Texas, Florida


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Katherine was most recently spotted 100 miles off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico. She's headed toward Texas. Betsy was about 140 miles west of Sarasota, Florida as of June.

Researchers from the nonprofit group Ocearch tagged Katharine off Massachusetts' Cape Cod, along with the 14-foot long, 2,300-pound shark Betsy last August. Every time these two sharks surface, their tags send signals to a satellite that can then pinpoint their locations. Their movements can be viewed in near real time on the Ocearch Web site. Each of these sharks has traveled over 1,400 miles to date.

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Katharine is expected to pass the mouth of the Mississippi River in a week. She's expected to enter the waters off Texas shortly if she keeps to her current course. A researcher says the sharks' paths are surprising for this time of year.

"Every track is giving us new information and going contrary to all the assumptions that we were going on," Dr. Robert Heuter, director of Mote Marine Laboratory's center for shark research says. "Having (sharks) in the Gulf is something we thought happened in the wintertime."

These huge sharks' irregular behavior comes on the heels of the catch of a rare goblin shark in Florida in May. There was also the closure of an Alabama beach because of a "swarm" of sharks this month. Welcome news for Texas is the fact that scientists will be able to track Katharine as she approaches and keep tabs on her and Betsy for a long time to come.

"These tags can last as many as five years. It gives us a completely different perspective from the older tags," Heuter says.

Perhaps the tags will prove more helpful than the researchers in Cape Cod could have predicted, ensuring that Katharine's Texan size is all that she is remembered for.

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