Great White shark circles back towards Grand Strand coast
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:27:05 GMT —
The 16-foot, 3,456 lb Great White shark named Mary Lee that we have been keeping a close eye on seems to like the Grand Strand coast. Mary Lee made a full circle back towards the Grand Strand coast and was pinged at 11:04 a.m. on Wednesday about 25 miles off the coast between Georgetown and Murrells Inlet.
Mary Lee was initially tagged with a tracking device near Cape Cod in mid-September by the research group Ocearch. She then traveled southward along the east coast through October.
For much of November, Mary Lee has been spending time off the Georgia and South Carolina coast.
Every time the fin breaks the surface, a signal is transmitted to a satellite which shows the sharks location.
The creator of Ocearch tracking, Chris Fischer, says for the first time in history, we are solving a 400 million year old secret.
Ocearch is also taking cultures from the bacteria of the shark's teeth when they tag them.
This bacteria is what causes infections in the limbs of people they bite, which could lead to the loss of the limb.
By studying the bacteria, they hope to come up with an antibiotic to counter the infection.
For NewsChannel 15's full interview with Chris Fischer, click here.
Click here to track Mary Lee's progress