Great White Mary Lee Now Swimming Near Seaside Park

Great white shark Mary Lee's latest ping at 9:41 a.m. on June 4 tracks her near Seaside Beach, according to Ocearch's Global Shark Tracker. Credits:
Mary Lee has earned Ocearch's Shark of the Month award for May, as she now has more than 114,000 Twitter followers. Credits:
Since he was tagged off Nantucket, Mass. on October 7, 2016, the younger Cisco has traveled a total of some 2,300 miles. Credits:

BRICK, NJ — Great white shark Mary Lee seems to be taking an off-shore sightseeing tour of the Jersey coast, now swimming near Seaside Park.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark's latest ping was registered at 9:41 a.m. today, June 4, in the Atlantic Ocean — south of her previous ping three hours earlier in the Barnegat Bay near Long Point Island, according to Ocearch’s Global Shark Tracker.

Since was tagged off Cape Cod on September 17, 2012, Mary Lee has cruised up and down the East Coast — from Nova Scotia to the Turks and Caicos Islands — for a total of some 40,000 miles. Her last appearance off the Jersey coast was May 2016, where she was tracked off Atlantic City.

Sign Up for E-News

For great whites that travel the East Coast, this is the time of year that they leave their winter locations along the southeastern United States as water temperatures begin to climb and head north to colder waters.

For Mary Lee , her travels have drawn particular attention on social media, and  her growing Twitter following of 115,000  has earned her Ocearch's Shark of the Month award for May.

Meanwhile, it's been five days since Cisco —  Mary Lee's travel mate for a short time — was last pinged some 30 miles off of Cape May. The  nearly 9-foot, 362-pound immature great white was tagged off Nantucket, Mass., on October 7, 2016, and has traveled a total of some 2,300 miles.

Mary Lee and Cisco are among dozens of apex predators throughout the world that have been tagged by Ocearch researchers with global positioning satellite (GPS) devices in order to track their movements to better understand their behaviors.

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.

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TAPintoBelmar.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Details Emerge about Nutley Resident's Rally to Add Armed Guards to Public Schools

March 19, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Details of the 'Rally to Protect Our Children,' a citizen organized effort to add armed guards to all Nutley Public Schools are emerging. The rally will take place at the same time as the '#NeverAgain March for Our Lives' taking place in cities across the country. 

TAPinto Nutley first broke the news of the rally March 13 in a report about ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 18, 2018

March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018

On March 14, 2018 at 11:41 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle after observing that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old female passenger from Woodland Park for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 14, 2018 ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

Resident Requests Media Specialist for Memorial Middle School

March 22, 2018

Dear Editor,

After attending the Cedar Grove Board of Education meeting on February 27, 2018 and speaking publicly regarding the lack of a Media Specialist in the school, I am attaching the letter I read to the Board and Mr. Fetherman requesting they look into hiring a Media Specialist for the 2018-19 school year. I am writing this to bring awareness to our community that Memorial Middle ...

Cedar Grove Historical Society presents "Historic Upper Montclair Business District"

March 22, 2018

The Cedar Grove Historical Society will present the program “Historic Upper Montclair Business District” on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Library.  Helen Fallon, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair History Center, will chronicle the development of the Upper Montclair Business District from a rural settlement in the 1880s to a burgeoning town ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...