Great white shark Mary Lee returns to Grand Strand area

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 16, 2013 

— Once again, a 16-foot great white shark named Mary Lee has returned to the Grand Strand coastal area, according to the tracking website Ocearch Global Shark Tracker.

The shark, is among a few who have a tracking device attached by Ocearch, returned to the area Wednesday after going as far south as Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month, according to the site.

The tracking device attached to Mary Lee, the shark named after OCEARCH founder Chris Fischer’s mother, last pinged at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday off the shore of Georgetown near Winyah Bay according to the site. The shark’s tracking device pings when she breaks the surface of the water.

The shark was first spotted swimming in the Atlantic Ocean around the Myrtle Beach coast on Nov. 27 and has made several visits as it traveled along the Carolina coast and down into waters along the Georgia and Florida coastlines, according to the tracking website Ocearch Global Shark Tracker.

The shark was tagged Sept. 17 near Cape Cod Bay, Mass., according to the site. Mary Lee is a mature female 16 feet long and weighing 3,456 pounds when she was tagged.

In her description, Fischer wrote he had been waiting for “a special shark to name after his mother, and this is truly the most historic and legendary fish I have ever been a part of.”

You can follow her path here: http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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