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Great white sharks have been hanging out off the Lowcountry coast over the past several weeks.More >>
Mary Lee and Genie are both great white sharks that have spent time off our coast over the past several weeks.More >>
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - The 3,500-pound great white shark known as Mary Lee is swimming just north of the Charleston coast.
A ping from a satellite tag on the 16-foot-long shark showed Mary Lee was just off the coast in Bulls Bay shortly before noon Monday, according to OCEARCH.
Chris Fischer, founder of OCEARCH, a nonprofit dedicated to studying great whites and other large marine species, said Mary Lee may be back in the area enjoying meals for two.
"I would suspect there's a lof of fish on the beaches down there right now, and she might be enjoying that as an easy meal as she moves around in the southeast where it's ilder than the north east and probably a little bit easier on her to gestate and grown her babies," he said.
If Mary Lee is pregnant, researchers would be able to figure out where she will bring her pups because of her GPS tracker.
Fischer said the discovery would be a radical leap forward in understanding the Atlantic white shark.
Since being tagged last September, researchers say Mary Lee has traveled more than 13,285 miles along the east coast. The data show Mary Lee has been as far east as Bermuda and as far south as Jacksonville, Fla.
Mary Lee headed north in January. Fischer said scientists know little about great whites and they are not quite sure why Mary Lee headed north so quickly.
"We are the only people in the world that have the capacity to lift these giant great white sharks out of the water, not just to tag them, but that does allow us to put the latest technology on their fin, a spot tag, so every time they come finning it beams their location," said Fischer.
Once its dorsal fin comes out of the water, that location is sent from a satellite into the lab and then onto a website, which is shared with the public. Tracking is just a portion of the organization's mission - It's also about learning.
"The purpose of this research, generally speaking, is to solve the life history puzzle of the great white shark, which we don't know," said Fischer. "Believe or not we don't know when and where they feed, breed, or give birth."
While there is a lot that we don't know about the species, we do know that they come to the area.
"We know that great whites come to the Lowcountry every winter. They migrate down in about November and they are here through as late as April or May," said Bryan Frazier, marine biologist with DNR.
To track Mary Lee, Genie, or other tagged great white sharks, click HERE.
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