Great white sharks creating a buzz along the North Carolina coast

Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-09 17:57:46-04

Hampton Roads, Va. - Two great white sharks, swimming near the North Carolina coast have created a lot of buzz online recently.

In fact, one of those sharks, who goes by the name of Genie, swam her way into the Pamlico Sound of North Carolina around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.  Genie weighs nearly 2,300 pounds and is about 14 feet long.

Genie was tagged in 2012 by researchers at Ocearch, an organization whose mission is to track the movement and study the behavior and health of sharks in the deep blue sea.

Since then, according to Ocearch's website, Genie has traveled more than 6,000 miles, swimming as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as the Florida coast.

Not that long ago, another great white shark, named Katharine, was spotted several miles east of the Outer Banks.  But she hasn't been seen, or "pinged" as researchers call it, since Friday, April 3, 2015, according to the website.

Ocearch says a "ping" is determined when the tagged shark's dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water and transmit a signal to a satellite.  That transmission then sends back an estimated location of the shark on its journey.

You can track the path of these two sharks, along with others, at this link: