Charleston may be getting a visit from a well-traveled great white shark.
The Ocearch tracking device for Katharine, a great white shark, released a signal Sunday afternoon that showed the shark traveling west toward the coast off Charleston.
Ocearch, a Cape Cod-based non-profit organization that focuses on researching great white sharks and other marine predators, tags and tracks numerous sharks around the globe. It tagged Katharine in August 2013.
Sunday's ping indicates Katharine is making her way Southwest after being tracked as far north as Beaufort, N.C., on Aug. 11. Earlier this summer the shark was tracked off the coast of South Carolina on July 28.
Since being tagged in 2013, Katharine has traveled 6,778 miles. Katharine has traveled a great deal over the last two months. The shark was tracked in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Fla. in June before coming back around the tip of Florida and back along the Atlantic coast.
The female great white shark is 14-feet in length and weighs around 2,300 pounds.
Mary Lee, perhaps Charleston's most popular great white because she visits the most, last pinged-in four days ago off the coast of Georgia. Mary Lee was last tracked off South Carolina's shores on Aug. 6 where she pinged-in well off the coast of Hilton Head.
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