Great white shark is a winter visitor to the seashore
By IRENE NOLAN
16-foot great white shark has been a winter visitor to the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore in the past few days.
shark’s tracking beacon showed that it may have crossed through
Ocracoke Inlet in Pamlico Sound on Monday afternoon and then headed
north towards Hatteras. Today the 3,456-pound fish was
out off Cape Hatteras on a journey north. The
animal was caught and tagged with the beacon on Sept. 17 of last year
off Cape Cod by researchers for OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that
facilitates the understanding and conservation of sharks, the ocean’s
The female great white was given the name Mary Lee by
expedition leader Chris Fisher. It was named, according to the website,
after his mother.
“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. The group hopes that collecting the
date will help with its conservation efforts.
Since Mary Lee was tagged, the big fish has traveled south to Florida
and is now heading back north again.