Shark dubbed Katherine may be bound for Texas

In this Sept. 7, 2012, photo, the research vessel Ocearch has set her anchor as the crew begins their search for great white sharks on the Atlantic Ocean, spending two to three weeks tagging sharks and collecting blood and tissue samples off the coast of Chatham, Mass. The Ocearch team baits the fish and leads them onto a lift, tagging and taking blood, tissue and semen samples up close from the world’s most feared predator. The real-time satellite tag tracks the shark each time its dorsal fin breaks the surface, plotting its location on a map. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

HOUSTON (AP) – Experts tracking a great white shark through the Gulf of Mexico have received electronic signals indicating the route could lead to Texas.

Data from the group Ocearch shows another “ping” was recorded Tuesday morning from the shark dubbed Katherine.

The 14-foot shark was tagged last August off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The tag sends a signal when the 2,300-pound shark comes to the surface. Officials did not immediate provide an estimated location Tuesday for Katherine.

The Houston Chronicle reports a satellite on Sunday put Katherine about 140 miles west of Sarasota, Florida. Researchers say in another week the westbound animal could be past the Mississippi River and eventually reach Texas.

Robert Hueter with the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says tags can last up to five years.

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