Katherine the great white shark reappears off of North Carolina after disappearing from tracking maps since January
- Great white dubbed Katherine has not been seen since January off Bermuda
- Shark’s tracking tag pings satellite whenever her dorsal fin surfaces
- Katherine has 56,000 followers tracking her progress on Twitter
A great white shark known as Katherine has reappeared on tracking maps off the coast of North Carolina after not being seen since January.
The shark is tagged with a marker that pings a satellite every time her dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water, and the last time she was spotted was on January 5 off of Bermuda.
She reappeared on Thursday off of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Katherine the great white (above) reappeared off of North Carolina on Thursday
The tracking tag attached to Katherine’s dorsal fin pinged when she surfaced
Researchers first tagged Katherine (above) in 2013 when she was caught off of Cape Cod
Glad to see her were Katherine’s nearly 60,000 followers on Twitter.
Katherine was tagged in August of 2013 by OCEARCH, a great white shark research and advocacy team, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The great white shark was named in honor of Katharine Lee Bates, a Cape Cod native and songwriter who is best known for her poem and song America The Beautiful.
At the time she was tagged, Katharine weighed 2,300 pounds and was 14 feet, two inches long.
The tracking device attached to Katherine’s dorsal fin signals when it breaks the surface
Scientists took measurements and tagged Katherine before releasing her back into the wild