Named Katharine, this Great White was just tagged off Cape Cod. Photo/OCEARCH by R. Snow .

Named Katharine, this Great White was just tagged off Cape Cod. Photo/OCEARCH by R. Snow .

Members of the OCEARCH research team tagged a second great white shark off the coast of Cape Cod on Tuesday (August 20, 2013).

The female shark, which was more than 14’ long and weighed 2,300 pounds, was caught near Monomoy Island, near the large Monomoy seal colony. The researchers named the shark “Katharine,” after Cape native Katharine Lee Bates, who penned “America the Beautiful.”

The team hooked the shark around 3 p.m. They then hoisted the creature onto their 126’ ship using a hydraulic lift. There, the scientists attached roughly $12,000 in tracking equipment to the shark and released it.

The OCEARCH team has been exploring Cape Cod waters this summer, trying to tag sharks for the purpose of studying the biology and health of sharks, including their migration patterns.

 

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