It seems the tagged great white shark that researchers named Mary Lee is ending her winter vacation in the sunny South.
The 3,500-pound great white shark headed north after spending weeks off the Southeast coast. Mary Lee, one of only two great whites ever tagged in the North Atlantic, got as far south as Jacksonville Beach, Fla., several weeks ago. But in recent days, she’s made a bee line north.
Last week, she was off New York’s Long Island. Researchers can’t really say they are surprised because the habits of the great white are such a mystery.
“Lo and behold, Mary Lee goes down there for a little while and then bugs out and now she’s off Long Island and we realize we don’t know anything,” said Chris Fischer, the founder of Ocearch, a non-profit dedicated to studying great whites and other large marine species.