NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) – A 16-foot shark named Mary Lee was last pinged just north of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Monday morning.
The day before, Mary Lee swam the closest she’s been to the coast of the Outer Banks in more than two years, according to OCEARCH, an organization that collects data about marine species.
Mary Lee’s tracker pinged in the Albemarle Sound, west of the Outer Banks, at 9:12 p.m. Sunday. The shark was previously pinged off the coast of Kill Devil Hills at 7:48 a.m., more than 50 miles from her last known location.
In January of 2013, Mary Lee swam through the Ocracoke Inlet, and spent about an hour and a half in Pamlico Sound before making her way back into the Atlantic.
OCEARCH scientists tagged her with the tracker in Cape Code in September 2012. Since then, Mary Lee has traveled nearly 23,521 miles.
The 3,456 pound shark is named for OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer’s mother, according to the organization’s website.
“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,“ said a statement by Fischer on the OCEARCH website.
You can see more of Mary Lee’s path on the OCEARCH website.
Dare County dispatchers said they did not receive any calls about shark sightings or incidents Sunday morning.