Shark spotters were put on alert Saturday in the Fish Hoek/Kalk Bay area in South Africa after a tagged great white shark was tracked swimming along the coast (see graphic).
The female shark, one of several great whites tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH, is named Lesley. She measured 13 feet, 8 inches and weighed 1,742 pounds when she was tagged off False Bay on April 15, 2012.
Fish Hoek is on the western shore of False Bay. Lesley, who is classified as an immature shark, had previously zigzagged about while swimming as far to the southeast as Cape Agulhas, which is about 80 miles from the shark's present location.
She has not rounded the Cape of Good Hope (toward Cape Town) and has stayed reasonably close to land.
Among white sharks being tracked by OCEARCH are four that were tagged off the East Coast of the United States. One of them, at the time of its last "ping" on March 22, had rounded Florida's tip and entered the Gulf of Mexico.