Great white shark Mary Lee returns to Grand Strand waters

akelley@thesunnews.comOctober 25, 2013 

MYRTLE BEACH A great white shark tagged by researchers a year ago has returned to Grand Strand waters.

Named Mary Lee, the 16-foot white shark, was first spotted around the Myrtle Beach coast in Nov. 2012. The latest ping from a satellite tag attached to her dorsal fin shows Mary Lee just off the coast in Murrells Inlet Friday morning, according to Ocearch’s global shark tracking website.

The tag sends coordinates of her position via satellite each time she breaks the surface of the water.

Since being tagged last September, Mary Lee has traveled more than 13,285 miles along the east coast. Mary Lee has been as far east as Bermuda, according to the tracker, and as far south as Jacksonville, Fl.

She is a mature female who weighed 3,456 pounds when she was tagged.

Chris Fischer, founder of Ocearch, named the shark after his mother and said the tag should stay on the shark for five years.

You can follow her path and that of other tagged sharks here: http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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