By Rob Morris on January 22, 2013Mary 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.