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Great white shark once tracked near Jacksonville moves south

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Updated: 10/28/2013 6:18 pm
NEAR CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A great white shark that researchers have tracked near the shores of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia appears to be coming back.

The OCEARCH shark-tracking website Monday pinged Mary Lee near Charleston, S.C. and moving south.

The shark is 16 feet long and weighs 3,400 pounds. OCEARCH researchers put a tracking device on her near the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. in September 2012.

Researchers first tracked her near local beaches in November 2012. Experts told Action News it's not uncommon for great white sharks to come to warmer water for the winter. To stay safe, they recommended avoiding swimming near where people are fishing.

Mary Lee is not the only great white shark to ping near the Jacksonville area. Lydia and Genie have also been tracked near local shores.

Lydia was first tagged off local shores on a March OCEARCH expedition launched from Jacksonville.

OCEARCH is a nonprofit organization that researches great white sharks. Tagged sharks can be tracked from any computer on the shark-tracking page of the organization's website.
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