Great white shark in ocean after ‘possibly’ visiting Barnegat Bay, researchers say

     Mary Lee's track today. (Image: OCEARCH)

    Mary Lee's track today. (Image: OCEARCH)

    Mary Lee is once again in New Jersey coastal waterways, and it’s possible that she swam in the Barnegat Bay this morning.

    The 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white shark, whose movements are tracked via GPS online by OCEARCH, a marine research organization, possibly entered the Barnegat Bay early this morning after swimming north from Delaware. 

    OCEARCH says “possible” because this morning’s ping, a location sent to a satellite when the dorsal fin breaks the surface, was low quality.

    “We suspect the white shark is close to the beach moving north,” an OCEARCH spokesperson wrote on Facebook, sharing an image that says a low quality ping means a less accurate location.

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    As of 3 p.m. today, Mary Lee is now in the Atlantic Ocean about seven miles off Barnegat Light, according to the organization. 

    Mary Lee became an internet sensation this spring after she appeared off the Jersey Shore. The shark has traveled nearly 30,000 miles since being tagged in 2012. 

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