Tagged Great White tracking toward our coast
 

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) -- A Great White shark is just off the coast of Myrtle Beach. Now some folks in our area are wondering if a scene from "Jaws" could be coming to our coast.

Mary Lee is a 16-foot, two-ton Great White shark. She was first satellite tagged by scientists in Cape Cod in September. In just three months, she has made it all the way down the eastern seaboard and is making her way back north.

Shark experts at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher say sharks are not uncommon in our waters.

"For every animal we've got a satellite tag on there may up to a hundred more," shark expert Paul Barrington said.

But for some, this shark's path is a little too close for comfort. Mary Lee's spotting so close to land and so close to us has some wondering if the two-ton Great White could be paying a visit to our coast.

"We may see her up in this neck of the woods very shortly in the next couple of weeks," Barrington said.

So if you do spot mary in the water, what should you do?

"It takes a very strong-willed individual: punch it in the nose," Barrington said. "If I was forced in that position, keep it in the back of your mind."

People at Fort Fisher Beach say that's good in theory.

"A lot of their sensory organs are in the nose, so it might stun it, but once it takes a bite, you might as well kiss it goodbye," Brian Clayton said.

But most say there's only one thing they will do for sure if they come face to face with Mary Lee: yell for help.

At last check, Mary Lee was almost off the coast of our state. You can keep tabs on Mary Lee online at the Ocearch website.

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This may be the the worst article I have seen concerning Mary Lee. "scene from jaws", really? People aren't happy she is here? I feel like I am reading a fluff piece from 1977 when all sharks were thought as man eating machines. Why don't you go back to covering water skiing rodents, or something like that?

I like the comment about the shark having fins not leggs allowing it to come on land--I just wish that when people get bit by a shark/ or blue fish(which is usually the case) they would'nt go to the extreme of wanting to kill everything in the ocean--just think, probably one of these days (I hope I am not around) there will probably not be alot of living things left in the water due to humans-look what someone is doing to some dolphins in the last couple of months-I guess whoever did this thinks they are a big white hunter--I personally think they are a (BIG) coward for hurting innocent creatures.
Anyway, I hope I have the opportunity to see the shark --mother nature is amazing!

I am a diver and would give anything to see its toothy grin, from inside a cage. LOL

...what happened to his ACE!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/

"Some" folks are wondering if a scene from "Jaws" could be coming to our coast?

Really?

Who would "they" be?

Come on people. There is no reason to freak out, unless you are in the water and the only people in the water now are divers and surfers. This is not the first time a great white has swam by our beaches. Three years ago one passed by and then one was videoed last year. They are out there. They live there. They have fins not legs. If one starts walking on land, then freak out.

They named her after the rhyme from Quint in Jaws
There lies the body of Mary Lee, Died at the age of 103

Mary Lee’s name comes from Chris Fischer’s mother. “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“.

"Here lies the body of Mary Lee, died at the age of 103. For 15 years she kept her virginity. Not a bad record for this vicinity." - Quint

Cool coincidence.

If you go looking for, your going to need a bigger Boston.

According the the website: Mary Lee’s name comes from Chris Fischer’s mother. “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,“ says Chris.

And she pinged off of Bald Head at 12:45 today. So she'll be swimming by shortly.How amazing nature is!