‘Katharine’ the shark pings southeast of Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

OCEARCH tweeted Thursday that “Katharine,” a 14 foot 2 inch, 2,300 pound white shark, pinged off the coast of Norfolk Thursday. She then pinged again off the coast of North Carolina.

“We’re watching closely now to see if she’ll head to a birthing site or a mating site,” OCEANA tweeted.

Katharine was originally tagged August 21, 2013 in Massachusetts, and her last ping before her most recent was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean back in January.

According to OCEARCH’s Shark Tracker, she has traveled a total of 35,738 miles.