Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Great White Shark Tracked Off Florida Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- A great white shark weighing over 3,000 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder to be tracked by satellite has had its latest ping locations off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.

The 16-foot great white shark, named Mary Lee by Ocearch researchers who tagged the shark off Cape Cod last September, has steadily been making her way southward along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard.  Mary Lee now remains just off the North Florida coast since January 7, 2013.  

According to NOAA fisheries, female great white sharks are believed to mature when they are about 13-14 feet and can reach sizes up to about 21 feet in length.  Great white sharks can be found off the Atlantic coast of the United States from as far north as Newfoundland, Canada, to  as far south as the east coast of Florida - but rarely go into the Gulf of Mexico. 

To follow the Mary Lee's lates location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.


VIDEO: Ocearch / YouTube


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