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Great white shark Mary Lee detected off New Jersey coast

CAPE MAY, N.J. - A great white shark with its own Twitter account has been detected off the southern New Jersey coast just in time for Memorial Day, and she's not alone.

On Saturday afternoon, the great white shark known as Mary Lee was detected off Cape May.

Early Sunday morning, she pinged just off Delaware's Cape Henlopen, and later in the morning she was deteched a little further out in the water.

A male great white named Cisco also was detected nearby.

Mary Lee was tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2012 and has been known to travel up and down the East Coast. She is 16 feet long and weighs about 3,500 pounds.

A tagged shark "pings" when its dorsal fin breaks surfaces and sends a signal to an overhead satellite, according to OCEARCH's website. The transmission records the shark's estimated location.

You can follow OCEARCH's tagged sharks on its website or its Global Shark Tracker app.


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