Mary Lee the Great White Shark pings off the coast of Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A female great white shark being tracked by the research group Ocearch pinged off the coast of Virginia Beach early Friday morning.

The shark, Mary Lee, was named after Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother, the group said. “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.

Mary Lee was originally tagged near Cape Cod in September, 2012.

Since then she has been tracked making her way up and down the East Coast from off the coast of the Bahamas all the way up to the waters off Massachusetts.

Mary Lee is 16 feet long and weighs 3,456 pounds.

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