JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was strictly a catch and release operation -- and this one caught something historic.
Researchers reeled in a 2,000 pound great white shark off the coast of Jacksonville Sunday.
While tagging her, they also named her Lydia.
The non-profit Ocearch says she's the first great white to be captured, tagged and released off the Southeastern U.S. coast.
She'll help researchers understand sharks' migration patterns.
"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," said Ocearch Founder Chris Fischer.
Lydia was tracked down at the mouth of the St. Johns River, which is near a popular spot for surfing.
She's now tagged with a GPS device that allows researchers to follow her, and you can too.
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