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Great White Shark Tracked in Gulf Could Be Headed for Mississippi
Sun Herald ^ | June 18, 2014 | Mary Margaret Halford

Posted on 06/19/2014 11:51:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway

In the past, it was hard for scientists to know much about great white sharks because they're too big to capture and study while they're alive. But scientists are figuring out more about the animals -- and this week, they've learned a shark they've named Katharine could be headed straight for the Mississippi Coast.

Katharine, a 2,300-pound, 14-foot-long great white, was tagged with a tracker off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., in August. Whenever she swims to the surface and her fin leaves the water, it transmits a signal to scientists at the nonprofit research organization Ocearch to show where she is. Early Wednesday morning, she was just south of Panama City, Fla., and heading into the northern Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi and Alabama.

"She's getting close. These sharks move 100 miles a day, no problem. She could be anywhere near the beaches in less than a day," Osearch founder Chris Fischer said Wednesday afternoon. "We've heard in the past that there's been some great whites in the Gulf, but we're really just learning that for the first time now."

A great white shark named Betsy has also made her way into the Gulf, but her tracker last "pinged" in early June near the southernmost tip of Florida. Since then, she hasn't raised her fin from the water.

"Some of the sharks come up and put their fins out of the water more often than others," Fischer said. "Katharine is a real extrovert. She likes to be at the surface, so we get very regular updates. Betsy has only come up about once a month since she's been tagged, so she's a little more shy."

Katharine is about 20 years old, and researchers aren't sure what's driving her so close to the Florida, Alabama and Mississippi coastlines.

"We're watching it unfold in real time together," Fischer said of Ocearch's shark-tracking website, which lets anyone with Internet access see where the tagged sharks were last pinged.

"We never dreamed those animals would be spending time in the waters there during this time of year," Fischer said. Scientists thought the sharks would spend summer months farther north in the Atlantic Ocean. "It really shows us how little we knew and how much we're learning right now."

Fischer said nothing has changed with the migration patterns of the sharks, it's just that scientists are now starting to figure them out.

"These sharks have been doing this for millions of years," Fischer said. "We just know for the first time.

"People shouldn't be afraid. The sharks have been making these moves forever."


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: greatwhite; mississippi; shark
Somebody needs to get in touch with this shark and warn her to avert course! If she goes to Mississippi, Thad Cochran may do something indecent to her.
1 posted on 06/19/2014 11:51:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Katharine, a 14-foot-long, 2,300-pound great white shark, is being tracked via satellite. She was in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the Florida coastline Wednesday morning. Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/06/18/5657583/great-white-shark-tracked-in-gulf.html#storylink=cpy

2 posted on 06/19/2014 11:52:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Mississippi is the suspected destination because the shark was last seen whistlin Dixie.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 11:54:45 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: nickcarraway

We’d only need to exterminate four or five species of sharks and there would never be another attack on a human. There would still be 295 species of the fricking things for “scientists” to “study”...


4 posted on 06/19/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT by varmintman (It must really suck to be a Nazi in Kiev these days...)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s all because of climate change/global warming/Bush/no immigration reform/guns/Tea Party/home schoolers/Republicans/FOX news/Rush/Levin/Beck/Hannity/pro lifers!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 06/19/2014 11:57:22 AM PDT by albie
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To: nickcarraway

Evacuate, I say.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 11:57:51 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: DannyTN

And here I thought it was a joke, that the great white was Haley the BIG white pos!


7 posted on 06/19/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: varmintman
>>>We’d only need to exterminate four or five species of sharks and there would never be another attack on a human. There would still be 295 species of the fricking things for “scientists” to “study”...

Yeah...'cause the oceans belong to humans for recreation...so lets wipe out some species that God put here for a reason.

8 posted on 06/19/2014 11:59:44 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: nickcarraway

LMAO.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 12:00:20 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: nickcarraway
These sharks move 100 miles a day, no problem.

Questions:

1. How much energy does it take to move a one-ton submerged object 100 miles? and

2. How can the shark eat that much fish along the way?

Wow. Just wow.

10 posted on 06/19/2014 12:00:21 PM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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Great White Shark ... Could Be Headed for Mississippi
Racism.
11 posted on 06/19/2014 12:03:05 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway
They have to harass the wildlife to save it.
12 posted on 06/19/2014 12:03:22 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: nickcarraway

LOL...maybe Thad better watch out for Katherine!


13 posted on 06/19/2014 12:04:12 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: nickcarraway

Thandygram?


14 posted on 06/19/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: Jane Long

I think she’s allergic to pecans.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 12:09:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Oberon
1. How much energy does it take to move a one-ton submerged object 100 miles?

Not as much as you'd think, because its body is perfectly designed to do just that.

16 posted on 06/19/2014 12:10:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve heard an oxygen tank in their mouth which is punctured with a .22 rifle shot is quite effective at neutralizing the threat.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 12:10:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway
Do you know what this means? The mayor was right, and Matt Hooper was full of it. Close the beaches for 24 hours, and the shark will swim off.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 12:11:07 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: TangoLimaSierra

I’m near Detroit. Should I be concerned?


19 posted on 06/19/2014 12:17:38 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: oh8eleven
Racism.

Still following the slave ship routes after all these years....

20 posted on 06/19/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Oberon
How much energy does it take to move a one-ton submerged object 100 miles?

The calories provided by a couple of buoys, a few license plates, and the occasional bite out of a surfboard.

21 posted on 06/19/2014 12:19:41 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Jane Long; Vince Ferrer

Haley, we're gonna need a bigger VOTE.

22 posted on 06/19/2014 12:20:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NELSON111

Indeed-you’d think people might just watch out or stay from areas where sharks and other dangerous animals are prone to go, instead of wanting to kill off every species God made that bites-but that would require too much sense, I suppose...


23 posted on 06/19/2014 12:23:42 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: nickcarraway

Why is he wearing a jacket with little anchors on it?


24 posted on 06/19/2014 12:25:34 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: 1rudeboy
I’m near Detroit. Should I be concerned?

Yes, but not because of this shark.

25 posted on 06/19/2014 12:27:13 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: nickcarraway
Katherine: Knock, knock!

Thad: Who's there?

Katherine: ....


26 posted on 06/19/2014 12:29:24 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Vince Ferrer

LOL!!!! Post of the Day winner ;)


27 posted on 06/19/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: nickcarraway

We were just in Mississippi last week and lots of people were talking about the beaches in Alabama being closed because of sharks. So they might, indeed, be headed west.


28 posted on 06/19/2014 12:30:45 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Texan5

One of my favorite character actors of all time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Hamilton

If you’ve never seen The Drowning Pool with Paul Newman, rent it this weekend. The interaction between Newman and Hamilton is world class.

J.H. Kilbourne: You know what she wants to do with that land, Mr. Harper? She wants to turn it into a Goddam sanctuary for birds!

Lew Harper: I think that’s kind of sweet.

J.H. Kilbourne: Well now, look, I’m all for saving wildlife like the next fella, but we gotta think about America’s future. Energy sources just aren’t that easy to come by.

Lew Harper: Aha! Did you come to that conclusion out of patriotism or just greed?

J.H. Kilbourne: [after a pause] Little of both, Mr Harper, - like most men of wealth.


29 posted on 06/19/2014 12:33:39 PM PDT by abb
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To: nickcarraway

Whenever she swims to the surface and her fin leaves the water, it transmits a signal to NSA! Metadata only!


30 posted on 06/19/2014 12:36:10 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oberon

I hear McLame is headed to Miss to support TC. Maybe he could be enticed to go swimming?


31 posted on 06/19/2014 12:36:22 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I hear that there are these things called, “firearms.” Anyone here know anything about them? :)


32 posted on 06/19/2014 12:36:53 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: NELSON111

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.


33 posted on 06/19/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Mouton

No point in hoping for that. There’s some trash that even sharks won’t eat.


34 posted on 06/19/2014 1:00:55 PM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: NELSON111

Indeed. What an ignorant post that was!


35 posted on 06/19/2014 1:06:02 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: abb

I do remember the movie, vaguely.

In the woods here there are wild hogs, coyotes, and the occasional mountain lion-like most people, I hike there several times a week-and if I see fresh tracks of hogs or the mountain lion, I’m going to back out of that trail, making lots of noise, and take one. But I will not put one toe into water where sharks might be-ever. They don’t leave tracks, and there is no other trail...


36 posted on 06/19/2014 1:13:43 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Oops-”take another one”...


37 posted on 06/19/2014 1:15:43 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: nickcarraway
In the past, it was hard for scientists to know much about great white sharks because they're too big to capture and study while they're alive. But scientists are figuring out more about the animals -- and this week, they've learned a shark they've named Katharine could be headed straight for the Mississippi Coast.

Hurricanes named Katrina, great white sharks named Katharine - the Gulf Coast has it all! What next, I wonder?

38 posted on 06/19/2014 1:55:11 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: 1rudeboy
I’m near Detroit. Should I be concerned?

I'd say yes, shark or not.

39 posted on 06/19/2014 2:15:27 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Thinking of moving to Detroit proper. I love this town. Urban dystopia. Full speed ahead.


40 posted on 06/19/2014 2:22:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Oberon

Thats just a little over 4 miles an hour.


41 posted on 06/19/2014 2:57:16 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: nickcarraway

I hardly ever laugh out loud but that comment (post #1) got to me. Very humorous.


42 posted on 06/19/2014 5:34:55 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Dusty Road
Understood... but to put it in perspective, although I can jog at 4 miles an hour, I can't cover 100 miles in a day. And that's in air, not water... and I'm 1/10th the weight of this shark.

There's a considerable amount of fuel being burned to move this critter around.

43 posted on 06/19/2014 6:05:28 PM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: OldPossum

Thank you.


44 posted on 06/19/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Obviously, Bush’s fault...

Dummm, Dum. Dummm, Dum.


45 posted on 06/19/2014 6:07:25 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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