Tampa, Florida — They're the killers at the top of the food chain in the water. The hunters with hundreds of sharp teeth could be on their way to the Bay area.
One Great White shark is already off the coast of Sarasota.
"That is super scary," said Anya Alexandria. "I wouldn't want to go into the water."
It goes with the territory for Great White sharks.
"Sharks, you know, they're the lions of the ocean," said Chris Fischer, founding chairman and expedition leader for Ocearch. "They're the great balance keepers at the top of the food chain."
Fischer helped found Ocearch, a project dedicated to tracking the movements of sharks throughout the ocean.
"We have to have lots of sharks if we're going to have a balanced ocean full of fish," he said.
Now, he says a 14 ft. shark named Katharine that he and his team tagged with a GPS unit in Cape Cod has traveled almost 4,000 miles and is now moving toward the gulf.
"I mean, that would be our best guess right now until we get another ping," Fischer said.
But not to worry, said Florida Aquarium senior biologist Steve Bitter.
"Definitely, I don't think people should be afraid," he said.
He said the data Ocearch is gathering is some the world has never before seen. and will give researchers the chance to preserve a species that have been devastated over time.
"That's an animal that very few people in their lifetime will get to observe in their natural habitat, so count yourself lucky if you spot it," Bitter said.
You may have that chance. Ocearch is also giving you the option to follow along with 150 tagged sharks, 75 Great White sharks, through the waters of the world online at Ocearch.org, and on your smartphone with the Ocearch app.