14-Foot Great White Shark May Be Headed This Way

HOUSTON (June 17, 2014) A great white shark dubbed Katharine is making its way through the Gulf of Mexico on a route that could lead to Texas, according to experts tracking signals from an electronic tag on the shark.

The group Ocearch received a ping Tuesday morning from the 14-foot shark, which was tagged in August 2013 off Cape Cod, Mass.

The tag sends a signal whenever the 2,300-pound shark comes ot the surface.

On Sunday, the shark was about 140 miles west of Sarasota, Fla., and on Monday it was south-southeast of Pensacola, Fla.

In another week the shark could pass the mouth of the Mississippi and eventually could reach Texas, researchers say.

Robert Hueter with the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says tags can operate for as long as five years.