HOUSTON, TX – Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water.
Betsy and Katharine are great white sharks who were both tagged with trackers last August off the coast of Cape Cod. Betsy is a petite great white. When tagged she was 12 feet 7 inches long and weighed 1,400 lbs. In contrast, Katharine tipped the scales at 2,300lbs. and was more than 14 feet long.
Why should you care about two sharks from Cape Cod?
Well, like many winter snowbirds, they’ve gone south for the summer and are now in the Gulf of Mexico. Betsy’s last satellite ping placed her 100 miles off the southwest coast of Florida. Katharine is much closer inland – about 140 miles off the coast of Sarasota, Florida.
Researchers say if she continues on this course, she could be off the Texas coast in a week.
Now we’re not suggesting you avoid the beach; just know that there could be two more great whites waiting in the waters.