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Great White Shark Mary Lee and Travel Mate Tracked off Cape May County, Swimming North

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This Google Earth map provided by Ocearch displays a marker indicating where the pings were received for great whites Mary Lee and Cisco. Credits: Ocearch.org
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Mary Lee has traveled up and down the East Coast a total of some 40,000 miles since she was tagged off Cape Cod on September 17, 2012. Credits: Ocearch.org
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Since he was tagged off Nantucket, Mass. on October 7, 2016, the younger Cisco has traveled a total of some 2,300 miles. Credits: Ocearch.org
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WILDWOOD, NJ — It seems great white shark Mary Lee can’t get enough of the Jersey Shore. Gaining notoriety in recent years for swimming along the state’s coastline, she has been tracked off Cape May County near Wildwood, heading north, and this time, she has a travel companion.

According to Ocearch’s Global Shark Tracker, the 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark’s last ping near the southern tip of New Jersey was registered on May 28, at 6:29 p.m. Cruising with her is Cisco, a nearly 9-foot, 362-pound immature great white that was last pinged at 12:13 a.m. on May 30. Although neither shark surfaced long enough for Ocearch to get an exact location, they are believed to be some 20 to 30 miles off the coast.

Ocearch registers a ping when the shark’s dorsal fin breaks through the water, transmitting a signal that provides an estimated location. The group then displays a marker on a Google Earth map indicating where the ping was received. 

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Mary Lee has traveled up and down the East Coast a total of some 40,000 miles since she was tagged off Cape Cod Sept. 17, 2012. Since he was tagged off Nantucket, Mass. Oct. 7, 2016, Cisco has traveled a total of some 2,300 miles.

It is the time of the year when great white sharks leave their winter locations along the southeastern United States as water temperatures begin to climb and they head north to colder waters, according to Ocearch, the Park City, Utah-based leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species, such as great white and tiger sharks.

To track Mary Lee and Cisco, among other great whites, visit Ocearch’s website. Mary Lee also has quite a Twitter presence @MaryLeeShark with a following of 111,000 and growing.

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