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Great white shark surfaces near Little Talbot Island

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Updated: 12/26/2013 5:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Ocearch Global Shark Tracker is on the trail of a new visitor to northeast Florida.

Katharine, a 14-foot, 2,300-pound shark, is swimming off the coast right now. The most recent "ping" from the shark tracker showed her less than 10 miles east of Nassau Sound, just north of Little Talbot Island State Park, early Thursday morning.  Each time a shark's dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water, the tagging device sets off a ping that is tracked by a satellite.

Ocearch has been tracking Katharine since tagging her in August off Cape Cod, Mass. She's named after songwriter Katharine Lee Bates.  She wrote "America the Beautiful."

Our area has been visited frequently by great white sharks from up north. Mary Lee has been back and forth. She was last seen near Savannah on Tuesday. Lydia, another female great white shark, is deep in the North Atlantic Ocean.
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