Great white shark Katharine bypasses island

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 02:33 PM.

Well, Katharine came from New England. She traveled straight down the East Coast, past Miami and Key West und up the western side of the peninsula remaining within 200 miles of the shore the whole way and often venturing much closer.

Should you stay out of the water knowing Katharine may be lurking there? Actually, Katharine is far more likely to be injured by humans than to injure one.

Fischer said that 50 percent of the sharks tagged have been commercially caught and killed over the last year.  

”This does help one understand the mind-blowing statistic that up to 100 million sharks per year are caught and killed, some just finned for a bowl of soup,” he said. “A research project that was started to advance science for conservation purposes has become a wakeup call for the global community to grasp the significant mortality rate of shark populations.”

Over 50 researchers from more than 20 institutions have collaborated with OCEARCH to date with over three dozen research papers in process or completed.

According to its website, OCEARCH expeditions, through the support of Caterpillar and other partners such as Costa, Yeti, Yamaha, Contender, SAFE boats and Mustad, generate satellite tracks and other forms of data for sharks, with planned expansion to other species in the future. Seventeen research expeditions have been conducted to date, with seven more scheduled through the end of 2015.

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