Great White Shark tagged in Fla.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A non-profit organization has tagged a giant White Shark for studying and now you'll be able to follow along with it's every move.
Lydia is a 14-foot, two thousand pound, Great White, who was captured and released in Jacksonville, Sunday.
This marks the first time that OCEARCH, a non-profit organization, has captured a great white off the coast of Florida.
Lydia was tagged with four GPS tracking devices, so that these researchers can observe her navigation patterns.
OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer said, "One of the big part of our mission and the reason why you are here is to be inclusive. We are trying to allow the whole world to feel like they can be on the ship to experience modern day exploration."
But capturing Lydia was not the easiest task. Researchers were caught with nasty weather conditions while searching for her. OCEARCH records videos of their expedition, so that others can relive their epic journey. Their expedition to Jacksonville began two weeks ago.
Captain of the MV OCEARCH Brent Mcbride said, "I know we do have a front coming. I think it's going to slow us down a little bit. This fog is too much. That's it for us. We're going to wait for the swelling to come down. It's too dangerous on the shark and on the boat."
Once Lydia was found, they pulled her into the ship with a one-of-a-kind lift. The crews had only 15 minutes to collect blood samples and equip her with tracking devices before releasing her.
But Lydia is not the only shark wearing special GPS devices on her dorsal fins. Mary Lee, an even larger Great White Shark, is on it too.
This massive shark was tracked swimming 200 yards off Jacksonville back in January.
The OCEARCH founder explains how capturing Mary Lee was a bit of a challenge. "It was the most difficult condition when we captured her. It was coming in the dark. There was big current, massive. There was a lot of people around and we were able to catch I think one of the most legendary fish in history, and get the latest technology on her. And that you can see manifested in the tracker, with the whole world able to follow her real time."
Anyone can follow the sharks, and their every move on the OCEARCH website.
Why those animals came to Northeast Florida is an open question but it's all a mystery with these underwater predators.
This was OCEARCH's 16th expedition. Their next journey is unknown.
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