Real-life ‘Jaws’ off Hamptons: Great white shark Mary Lee tracked by OCEARCH

By on Jan 31, 2013 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments

A real-life “Jaws” off Hamptons was reportedly tracked by OCEARCH on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The great white shark, named Mary Lee, was being traced by OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization in Utah, using a real-time technology tracker.


Real-life 'Jaws' off Hamptons
Mary Lee
Credit: OCEARCH

Mary Lee is reportedly a 16-foot, 3,456-pound Carcharodon carcharias species. Based on OCEARCH‘s map, the shark has traveled along the coast St. Augustine in Florida, Carolina, and Quogue.

The Utah-based foundation located the real-life “Jaws” while on its way to the east, about 40 to 45 nautical miles off Montauk Point.

Petty Officer Patrick Rogers at Coast Guard Station Shinnecock assured that the shark does not pose any danger since Mary Lee is now swimming away from the coast.

OCEARCH‘s founding chairman, Chris Fischer, explained that their tracking device received “pings” when a tagged shark’s dorsal fin protrudes the water line.

Fischer named the shark after her mother. According to Fischer, “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.”

OCEARCH has already tagged about 35 sharks worldwide and Mary Lee is only the second Atlantic white shark. Genie was the first great white shark tagged by the organization.

OCEARCH‘s official website shows the tracking of the different tagged sharks globally.



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