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Great white shark tracked off Ft. Lauderdale

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A great white shark has been tracked off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, prompting beachgoers to think twice about going into the water this weekend.

"I think that's kind of crazy, so we can't get in the water," said Frankee Brown, who is visiting South Florida from Washington, D.C.

Actually, the shark, named "Katharine" by researchers, is swimming about five miles off the coast. She measures 14 feet long and weighs in at about 2,300 pounds.

Researchers with a nonprofit group called OCEARCH attached a GPS device on Katharine's dorsal fin in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and have been tracking her movements for 2,000 miles as she swims south on the eastern seaboard.

Researchers said she will most likely remain in waters too deep to see from shore. "It's a big shark, and I doubt it's going to come right here to the shore," said beachgoer Carl Carmone. "

The shark was named after Massachusetts native Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote "America the Beautiful."

OCEARCH has even set up a Twitter account for the marine predator, @Shark_Katharine. A 7News reporter asked her, "How's the water off Fort Lauderdale?!" She replied, "nice."

Researchers at OCEARCH also set up a web page for Katharine to educate people about great white sharks and their migrating habits. If you'd like to track Katharine, log on to

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