EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF OUR OWN BACK YARD
Tracking Mary Lee
Ocearch's "Expedition Cape Cod" has come to an end...for now.
It has been fascinating to me and my family as we have been closely following the “Jaws” chronicles again this year. Just days ago, the team of Ocearch crewmembers and local scientists, who have been studying great white sharks in the area, successfully tracked, tagged and released a second white shark off the coast of Chatham.
The 16-foot, 3,500 pound female, “Mary Lee,” will be instrumental in marine biologists’ efforts to uncover the sharks’ migratory patterns and breeding habits, whereby paving way for the protection of the vulnerable species.
Captain Jody and Deckhand Alex Snow take her measurements.
Scientists have declared dozens of great white sharks may be roving the Cape Cod coast at any time. As such, while my awareness surrounding the habits of the fish has broadened, my motivation to venture to the Outer Cape to surf has sunk. I have, however, developed a certain sense of kinship with the great sharks, tracking their travels as they’ve pinged in the waters off Nantucket and on down the coast.
Expedition Leader Chris Fischer and Brandon Eyre fix the SPOT tag to Mary Lee. Mary Lee will continue to ping in on the shark tracker in real time for the next 5 years.
You can survey sharks’ migratory patterns on the Ocearch website, here: http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/