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Mary Lee, the Great White Shark, Spotted Along Jersey Shore

Mary Lee the Shark's Long Journey is Good Sign

A great white shark is getting close to the coast at the Jersey Shore and the public can track her journey online. Turns out, the experts know her name is Mary Lee and she's developing a huge following. NBC10's Ted Greenberg explains why the journey of Mary Lee may actually be a positive sign. (Published Friday, May 8, 2015)

UPDATE: Mary Lee was recently tracked to waters off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. After spending some time swimming near the Jersey Shore, she has continued to migrate south toward southern Maryland and Virginia, an area she's been seen in within the last month.

Researchers spotted the famous Great White shark Mary Lee as she made her way to the Jersey Shore, just ten miles off the Wildwood coast and Cape May Thursday morning. 

Nonprofit group OCEARCH spotted the 3,456-pound and 16-foot-long shark around 6:12 a.m., using a tracking device they attached to Mary Lee, alerting researchers every time her fin surfaces above the water.

Mary Lee, a 16-foot-long Great White shark, has been tracked off the Southern Jersey Shore as recent as Thursday afternoon. She's pictured in this photo taken by the research organization OCEARCH as a tracking device is fixed to her fin.
Photo credit: OCEARCH

By Friday, she was even closer to shore, and further north off the coast of Brigantine; heading toward Long Beach Island.

Mary Lee was last seen in the area almost three years ago when she emitted a signal near Cape Cod, Massachusetts in September 2012.

And in the last month, the shark has experienced quite the adventure along the East Coast. 

The Great White was tracked about 20 miles off Assateague Island along the Delmarva Peninsula earlier this week. Mary Lee also pinged near North and South Carolina and paid a visit to Ocean City, Maryland last month. 

While experts don't know the exact cause of what's keeping Mary Lee in the area, they believe it may be related to food.

Researchers continue to track her path as she swims along the East Coast shoreline. You can track Mary Lee's movements on OCEARCH's website.