Great white Mary Lee’s travels take her to Hatteras

By on January 22, 2013

Mary Lee aboard the MV Ocearch. (Courtesy of Ocearch)

Mary Lee visited the waters off Hatteras earlier this week and was at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay two days later.

The winter tourist is a 16-foot, 3,400-pound great white shark tagged in September by Ocearch, a nonprofit founded by the producer of the History Channel series Shark Wranglers.

Ocearch tagged Mary Lee off Cape Cod, Mass. on Sept. 17. Since then, Ocearch’s electronic tracking showed her heading south offshore as far as Jacksonville, Fla., then hugging the coastline back north to the Outer Banks.

She was very close to the Ocracoke shore Monday and appeared to be heading north between Hatteras and Buxton Tuesday. On Thursday she was near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay after visiting the Gulf Stream.

Mary Lee’s name comes from Chris Fischer’s mother. Fischer is the founder of the organization and leads the expeditions to tag the marine animals and take samples for research before releasing them. So far, Ocearch has tagged more than 22.

“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 and it set the tone for Cape Cod,“ he said on the group’s website.

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January 28, 2013 9:59 am

Wonder what the visitors bureau will be saying about Mary Lee when these shark updates keep coming during the tourist season.


January 25, 2013 10:37 am

Makes me want to get on a surf board and look like a seal.

Rob Morris

January 24, 2013 12:57 pm

If you click on the link, the tracking chart is updated regularly.

Happy Barracuda

January 24, 2013 6:41 am

A daily report on GWS Mary Lee’s location would be nice.

Any report on the other GREAT WHITE SHARKS off Cape Hatteras?

The local SURFERS would really enjoy having this infomation………………


January 23, 2013 3:48 pm

KDH, I thought your comment was funny (and true), as hell!

Common Sense

January 23, 2013 10:44 am

Lived here 18 nyears and have seen two Great Whites off Rodanthe while fishing. There are more Great Whites than people know here in the OBX!


January 22, 2013 9:45 pm

Wow. Wouldn’t it be nice to be filthy rich and just do this kind of stuff for fun and research. KDH, that comment stung. Whew.


January 22, 2013 5:57 pm

Whoa!!!very cool!


January 22, 2013 3:30 pm

Even the sharks know how tasty our local seafood is. Mary Lee just dropped by to dine on some Outer Banks Catch!

KDH Rezident Evil

January 22, 2013 2:12 pm

She was probably hoping the ferry would run up on a shoal and capsize.

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