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Great White Shark 'Mary Lee': She's Ba-aack!

Posted on Apr 15,2016
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By Mary Ann Barton

- A shark named Mary Lee has returned to the waters off the Virginia coastline.

Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., the 16-foot Great White Shark's dorsal fin broke the surface of the water off the Virginia coastline, sending a signal to the satellite that's been tracking her zig zags up and down the Atlantic since 2012.

Since her appearance Tuesday night, Mary Lee is back swimming under the surface of the chilly waters off the Virginia coastline, where the water is in the 50-55 degree range.

Scientists with OCEARCH are excited to see the wanderings of Great White shark Mary Lee, a whopping 3,456-pounder. After tagging the shark Sept. 17, 2012 off Cape Cod, they study her habits using a device that sends pings to a satellite.

Mary Lee has her own Twitter account with more than 91,000 followers.

The location where she was tagged is near Martha’s Vineyard, where “Jaws” was filmed 40 years ago last summer. The film featured a Great White that terrorized a beach community.

In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks worldwide, six of them fatal, according to a report by CNN.

Mary Lee is named for researcher Chris Fischer’s mother. “My parents have done so much. I was waiting and waiting for a special shark to name after her and this is truly the most historic and legendary fish I have ever been a part of and it set the tone for Cape Cod,“ says Fischer on the OCEARCH Web site.

You can keep up with Mary Lee’s wanderings on the OCEARCH Web site here.

Watch raw video here of Mary Lee getting tagged by researchers:

PHOTO of Great White shark (not Mary Lee) by Hermanus Backpackers via Wikimedia Commons; map image courtesy of OCEARCH, shows location of Mary Lee Tuesday night off coast of Virginia; screen shot of Mary Lee from 2012 video

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