Mote scientists heading out on shark expedition

Katharine the Great White swimming near Florida (OCEARCH 2015)
Katharine the Great White swimming near Florida (OCEARCH 2015)

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) — Three Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and eight other researchers will embark on another major shark research expedition with OCEARCH in the Atlantic Ocean.

It will launch on March 15 and return on April 2, starting from Jacksonville, proceeding off Florida’s northeastern coast, and for the first time in an OCEARCH shark expedition, will reach waters off the southern coast of Georgia.

The researchers plan to tag, sample and release white sharks with a purpose of gathering data. They want to further understand the ecology, natural history, physiology and behavior of great white sharks in the Atlantic. It also helps them understand shark migration patterns in different parts of the world and helps them uncover areas in need of protection.

PHOTOS: Sharks Tracked by OCEARCH

OCEARCH has tracked popular sharks Lydia, who has traveled over 35,000 miles, and Katharine, who’s traveled over 27,000 miles.

Katharine, the 14-foot great white, just pinged Friday morning near Bermuda. She was tagged by OCEARCH in August 2013.

Lydia hasn’t pinged since October 2015 off the coast of South Carolina.

Sharks ping when they surface. To track Betsy, Katharine, Lydia and the other Great Whites tagged by OCEARCH go here.

Participating Mote scientists will include Drs. Robert Hueter, Heather Marshall and Kim Ritchie.


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