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Sharks dubbed Katharine, Betsy may be bound for Texas

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HOUSTON (AP) - Experts tracking great white sharks through the Gulf of Mexico have received electronic signals indicating their route could lead them to Texas.

Data from the group Ocearch shows another "ping" was recorded Tuesday morning from the shark dubbed Katharine.

The 14-foot shark was tagged last August off Cape Cod, Mass. 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 Katharine.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1sl80Mw) reports a satellite on Sunday put Katharine about 140 miles west of Sarasota, Fla. Researchers say in another week the westbound animal could be past the Mississippi River and eventually reach Texas.

Another shark dubbed Betsy was tracked on June 5 about 120 miles west of Sanibel Island, Fla.

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

The goal is to gain unprecedented insight into white shark behavior.

Online: http://www.ocearch.org/profile/katharine/

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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