Sharks tagged off the Cape spotted near Florida
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Two great white sharks that were tagged off Cape Cod have surfaced in Florida.
Mary Lee is a 16-foot, 3,400-pound great white shark. She was spotted just 200 yards off Jacksonville Beach in Florida on Monday night.
Jacksonville Beach police are advising people not to get into the water while the shark is around.
Around lunchtime Tuesday Mary Lee had turned east and popped up about 15 miles off Jacksonville’s coast.
“The chances of encountering this one individual shark on our whole stretch of coastline are pretty minimal, but again there is that possibility,” said Mike McCallister, a University of North Florida researcher.
Another great white shark, Genie, is much further away -- about 40 to 60 miles off the coast.
The sharks were tagged last September by researchers in Massachusetts. The two sharks wear special GPS tracking devices on their dorsal fins that allow researchers to see their routes.
University of North Florida research biologists are studying the sharks track as part of a new white shark research program on campus.
Over the past month, Mary Lee has stayed between 10 to 20 miles off the east coast.