Great white shark returns to Carolinas coast

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A great white shark tagged by researchers a year ago has returned to Grand Strand waters.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A 16-foot 3,500-pound great white shark has returned to the Carolina coastline. reported that a ping from a satellite tag showed Mary Lee was just off the coast in Murrells Inlet on Friday morning.

Authorities said Mary Lee was tagged by researchers a year ago after being spotted around the Myrtle Beach coast in 2012.

A satellite tag was attached to the shark’s dorsal fin. The tag sends coordinates of her position via satellite whenever she breaks the water’s surface.

Since being tagged, researchers said the shark has traveled more than 13,285 miles along the east coast. She has reportedly been as far east as Bermuda and as far south as Jacksonville, Fla.

Mary Lee headed north in January. Shark researcher Chris Fischer said scientists are not quite sure why she headed north so quickly.

Fischer founded OCEARCH, a nonprofit dedicated to studying great whites and other large marine species.



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