Shark Name: Mary Lee
Species: Carcharodon carcharias
Stage of Life: Mature
Length: 16 ft.
Weight: 3456 lbs.
Tag Date: 17 September 2012
Tag Location: Cape Cod
Description: Mary Lee’s name comes from Chris Fischer’s mother. “My parents have done so much. I was waiting and waiting for a special shark to name after her and this is truly the most historic and legendary fish I have ever been a part of and it set the tone for Cape Cod,“ says Chris.
Mary Lee, a 2-ton great white shark swimming up and down the Eastern Seaboard, is officially back in North Carolina waters.
The shark crossed the Tar Heel State line Wednesday and swam due east before doubling back toward the southeastern coast. As of late Thursday morning, Mary Lee was swimming between Oak Island and Carolina Beach.
It's the shark's second trip into state waters in the last month. During her last northern visit, Mary Lee entered the mouth of the Cape Fear River, then headed back out to sea, darting back and forth before eventually turning southwest.
She made it as far south as Savannah, Ga., before doubling back north, hugging the coastline all the way back to the Cape Fear region.
Mary Lee is just one of dozens of sharks tagged by Ocearch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to data-gathering and research on the biology, health, life history and migratory patterns of sharks.
The fish have tracking devices bolted to their dorsal fins, which register "pings" via a satellite each time they break the surface of the water. Mary Lee was tagged in September, off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.
Ocearch founder Chris Fischer and his crew – former subjects of History channel's "Shark Wranglers" – said they hoped the attention focused on Mary Lee will help create awareness about the plight of sharks worldwide.
The next link is for those coming in here bitching because this is not political.
Mary Lee-2 ton, 16 ft. Great White Shark off my Beach