Update: Katharine, the great white shark, cozies up to Lake Worth

Katharine, the great white shark, surfaced last week off the coast of Palm Beach, but then headed south, pinging off Lake Worth at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

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Katharine has become South Florida’s celebrity great white, after first gaining attention in 2014.

And it’s no surprise that she’s a fan of the area.

Read: Second great white pings Jan. 16, when OCEARCH notifies authorities of the location

South Florida is a known wintertime stomping grounds for great whites, with a group of divers seeing a 14-footer earlier this month off Juno Beach.

Was it Katharine? The divers were only able to get within 30 feet of the shark.

Since Dec. 19, three great white sightings were reported off Florida’s coast — two from boats off Port Canaveral and the Jan. 1 encounter off Juno Beach captured on video by Embree.

“Of course, I didn’t believe them about the shark. It’s practically a myth,” said Luis Roman, owner of the Lake Park-based Calypso Charter, which had taken the New Year’s Day group to the site off Juno.

James Wieland, a meteorologist with WPTV Channel 5 said Katharine was just 10 miles off Lake Worth when her satellite tracker pinged Friday.

The nonprofit group Ocearch pairs scientists and local fishermen in an effort to tag and track sharks in pursuit of research.

In 2014, the group had tagged 150 sharks in seven years. The tracks of at least 40 white sharks can be found on Ocearch’s website. Katharine, who weighs a hefty 2,300 pounds, has traveled more than 28,810 miles since being tagged on Aug. 20, 2013, according to Ocearch.

Meanwhile, lesser known Oscar, a mako shark,  is hanging around west of Nassau.

Oscar, who was tagged in 2015, pinged this morning. The orange dots are pings within the last three months, while blue dots are older than three months.

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Previous story: Katharine, the great white shark, is wintering once again off the coast of Palm Beach County.

Ocearch reported this week that after months of silence, Katharine’s satellite tracking device “pings toward West Palm Beach, Florida!”

Where she’s headed is unclear, but her fondness for South Florida became known in 2014 when she spent time near Sebastian Inlet, Stuart and east of Boynton Beach.

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Chris Fischer founded Ocearch. The nonprofit pairs scientists and local fishermen in an effort to tag and track sharks in pursuit of research.

In 2014, the group had tagged 150 sharks in seven years. The tracks of at least 40 white sharks can be found on Ocearch’s website. Katharine, who weighs a hefty 2,300 pounds, has traveled more than 28,810 miles since being tagged on Aug. 20, 2013, according to Ocearch.

Read: South Florida is haven for great whites in winter

Katharine after being fitted with a satellite tracker. Courtesy Ocearch

Katharine after being fitted with a satellite tracker. Courtesy Ocearch

The Ocearch team prepares to capture and tag a 14-foot, 2,300 pound great white shark in August 2013. The shark would become known as Katharine. Robert Snow/OCEARCH

The Ocearch team prepares to capture and tag a 14-foot, 2,300 pound great white shark in August 2013. The shark would become known as Katharine. Robert Snow/OCEARCH

South Florida is a known wintertime stomping grounds for great whites, with a group of divers seeing a 14-footer earlier this month off Juno Beach.

Was it Katharine? The divers were only able to get within 30 feet of the shark.

Since Dec. 19, three great white sightings were reported off Florida’s coast — two from boats off Port Canaveral and the Jan. 1 encounter off Juno Beach captured on video by Embree.

“Of course, I didn’t believe them about the shark. It’s practically a myth,” said Luis Roman, owner of the Lake Park-based Calypso Charter, which had taken the New Year’s Day group to the site off Juno.

Screen grab taken from Corey Embree's Jan. 1, 2017 video of an encounter with a great white shark.

Screen grab taken from Corey Embree’s Jan. 1, 2017 video of an encounter with a great white shark.

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Romano, of West Palm Beach, was captaining the ship — Miss Jackie — that day and didn’t dive.

“We’ve conducted thousands of hours of dives and never seen a great white,” Romano said. “I thought they were joking.”

Read: South Florida man survives shark attack that shreds hand

There are no recorded bites from great white sharks in Florida, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Most bites are mistakes that leave a nasty gash, or sometimes worse.

But one South Florida man bitten off Singer Island took it personally. He went out the next day to get revenge. 

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