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Great White Shark 'Mary Lee' Heads Out of NC Waters

Dec. 3, 2012

Kate Elizabeth Queram, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.

Great white shark (file photo)
Great white shark (file photo)

Mary Lee, a 2-ton great white shark swimming up and down the East Coast, seems to have left North Carolina waters for the foreseeable future.

The shark, whose dorsal fin was tagged with a tracking device in Cape Cod, Mass., in September crossed into Tar Heel State waters Thursday, first heading into the mouth of the Cape Fear River before backtracking and swimming east.

She made it as far north as Bald Head Island, then darted back and forth in a triangle pattern that ended in a southwest route.

As of Monday morning, the shark had veered northeast and was located several miles offshore, southeast of Myrtle Beach.

Mary Lee is just one of dozens of sharks being tracked by Ocearch, a nonprofit research organization. The sharks -- which don't require open air to breathe -- must break the surface of the water in order to register tracking pings.

Source: (c)2012 the Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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