A great white shark is currently located in waters off the coast of Long Island, N.Y. According to a Jan. 30 report from Patch, this is an extremely rare occurrence. The media is referring to the visit as a real life “Jaws” off the Hamptons.
OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization out of Utah researching great white sharks, had tagged the shark and is able to track it using real-time technology. The shark was tagged on Sept. 12, 2012 in Cape Cod. The organization has named her Mary Lee.
Mary Lee is 160 foot long and around 3,500 pounds. After being tagged, she made her way down the easy coast and was recorded in St. Augustine, Fla. on Jan. 9.
She started her journey north again on Jan. 10 and was tracked around the Carolinas for a while. Mary Lee was off the coast of Quogue Tuesday evening and Montauk Point on Wednesday afternoon.
A Coast Guard officer contacted OCEARCH when Mary Lee was 20 nautical miles off East Hampton and was told there is no reason to be alarmed because the shark is heading away from the coast. The officer said it’s the first time he’s ever known of a great white shark in area waters.
If you live in the area, will you try to catch a glimpse of “Jaws” in real life off the Hamptons or will you stay far away from the water?