There’s a great white named Mary Lee swimming 10(!) miles off of the Cape May coast right now, so area surfers should probably ditch plans to paddle out and hit our tasting room instead.
According to local meteorologist Dan Skeldon in The Press of Atlantic City this morning: “The 3,456 pound female has traveled almost 20,000 miles since it was tagged off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in September of 2012. OCEARCH, a non-profit group that researches great whites, placed a tracker on Mary Lee that will emit a ping each time the shark’s dorsal fin surfaces above the ocean. Over the last month, Mary Lee has made steady progress northward up the East Coast of the United States. In early April, the 16-foot long shark was off of North and South Carolina. Earlier this week, she was lurking just off of Assateague Island off of the Delmarva Peninsula. In the last 24-hours, Mary Lee moved north, paralleling the Delaware coastline about 10 miles offshore. Then came five pings early Thursday morning, as Mary Lee zig-zagged about 10-15 miles east of Cape May and Wildwood. The current water temperature off of South Jersey is 55 degrees, just at the lower end of the shark’s preferred range.”
Follow Mary Lee on Twitter at @MaryLeeShark, or track her moves here.
— Mary Lee the shark (@MaryLeeShark) May 7, 2015