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16-foot Great White Shark makes stop in ENC's Pamlico Sound

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:29:26 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 22 2013 02:34:11 PM CST
Photo Courtesy: OCEARCH

OCEARCH

HYDE COUNTY -

A 16-foot long Great White Shark's tracking beacon shows the fish made a visit to Eastern Carolina's Pamlico Sound Monday afternoon.  The shark's beacon pinged right off the shore of Ocracoke Island.  The shark crossed through the Ocracoke Inlet Monday afternoon and then left by the same route Monday evening.

(CLICK HERE to see more photos of the shark)

The OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker showed Monday afternoon that "Mary Lee" was off the northwest part of Ocracoke Island.  "Mary Lee" is described as a 16-foot long mature female Great White Shark weighing 3,456 pounds.  She was tagged on September 17, 2012. 

Later Monday evening, "Mary Lee's" tracking device pinged once again, showing the great white was out of the Pamlico Sound and heading north toward Cape Hatteras.  Tuesday afternoon, her location remained off the shores of the Outer Banks.

"Mary Lee" was tracked up the coast of North Carolina over the weekend, passing off of Emerald Isle in the early morning hours of Sunday and passing off Beaufort Sunday afternoon.

The shark was named after the mother of one of OCEARCH expedition leader and executive producer Chris Fischer.

“My parents have done so much," Fischer said. "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 and it set the tone for Cape Cod."

"Mary Lee" is one of 36 sharks being tracked by OCEARCH. According to the group, collecting the sharks' navigational data could help conservation efforts.

CLICK HERE TO TRACK MARY LEE and other tagged great white sharks.