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Katherine, the Great White, is making her way to the Gulf
Scientist and researchers are getting a rare opportunity to track a Great White that's making its way toward the Gulf Coast.
We all know that there are sharks in the waters out here in the Gulf of Mexico, but many of us have never seen a Great White.
On August 19, 2013 Katherine the Great White shark was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod.
And researchers have followed her all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
"It's an exciting and rare creature that we get to finally, for the first time, get to witness some unprecedented behavior."
Toby Daly-Engel is a Professor in the Marine Biology department at the University of West Florida.
She and the class have been keeping up with Katherine's travels online.
The Great White is 14ft long, weighs over 2,000 pounds, and has traveled over 5,000 miles since she's been tagged.
"As top predators they're sort of in charge of keeping other population of Marine animals in control and healthy."
Great Whites do travel in the Gulf, but htis is a rare look at where they go.
And no one is real sure why Katherine is here.
"What we do see is her concentration a lot on areas of high density fish assemblages, particularly around the keys and now we're seeing it in some of the off shore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. She's probably looking for food."
So, if any of us get a glimpse of Katherine good news is scientist say we're not really on their list of foods to eat.