May 29, 2017

Popular great white shark spends the weekend off the Jersey shore

Mary Lee is hanging off the coast east of Cape May

Shark Tracker
Shark Provided photo/OCEARCH

Mary Lee was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod. Her tracking device shows she's a fan of New Jersey waters.

Mary Lee, the 16-foot, 3,500-pound great white shark is spending some quality time off the South Jersey coast.

And why not on a holiday weekend?

She last pinged about 6:30 Sunday night, just about due east of Cape May Point. Mary Lee is known to spend lots of time off the New Jersey coast.


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As Hooper, the researcher in the movie "Jaws" told Mayor Vaughn, she's a carcharodon carcharias.

The shark's movements have been followed with a GPS tracking device by the nonprofit research organization OCEARCH since September 2012.

Each time Mary Lee’s dorsal fin surfaces, a ping is emitted and recorded on a tracker.

A Twitter account with the handle @MaryLeeShark has amassed more than 100,000 followers and retweets posts about the great white's latest whereabouts.