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16-foot great white shark ‘Mary Lee’ surfaces off SC coast

Mary Lee shark

Mary Lee shark

SOUTH CAROLINA — The great white shark known as “Mary Lee” has surfaced off the coast of South Carolina

The 16-foot 3,500-pound predator “pinged” this week heading north off Charleston, according to tracking data provided by shark researchers at OCEARCH.

OCEARCH is a nonprofit research organization that monitors the migratory patterns of sharks including great whites. Mary Lee is one of the sharks they’re monitoring.

A satellite tag was attached to the shark’s dorsal fin in September 2012. The tag sends coordinates of her position via satellite whenever she breaks the water’s surface. Since she was first tagged, Mary Lee has traveled nearly 35,000 miles through the Atlantic, as far south as the Bahamas and as far north as the Massachusetts area.

“Katharine,” another great white, pinged two days ago heading south off Wilmington, North Carolina. This time last year, both sharks were pinging off the Outer Banks.