Scientist says more sharks could migrate to South Florida waters in coming months

Scientist says more sharks could migrate to South Florida waters in coming months

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A South Florida scientist said we could see more sharks off our coast in the coming months.

It comes after Katharine, a great white shark fitted with a GPS tracker, was recently pinged off Port Salerno in Martin County .

Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University , told WFLX on Thursday that as the waters get colder up north, there’s a good possibility that more sharks like great whites will migrate down to the warmer Florida waters over the next couple months.

On Nov. 28, a twitter account dedicated to Katharine said she made it to the Sunshine State a little earlier than normal.

Ocearch, a research organization, fits animals like Katharine with GPS trackers to study their behavior, improve conservation, education, and public safety.

Sharks that are tagged "ping" a satellite when they're on the surface of the water for a minimum of 90 seconds, and long enough to get three consecutive pieces of information for an accurate position.

Ocearch has tagged 330 animals since 2007, including seals, dolphins, turtles, and alligators.

One of the hashtags used by Katharine and other shark enthusiasts is #FactsNoFear, in hopes that people will better learn to appreciate and understand sharks rather than fear them.