Marine life experts track 10-foot Great White named ‘Miss May’ off Atlantic City coast

Marine life experts are tracking a 10-foot Great White shark named “Miss May” off the Atlantic City coast.

News 12 Staff

Jul 29, 2020, 10:30 AM

Updated 1,364 days ago

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Marine life experts are tracking a 10-foot Great White shark named “Miss May” off the Atlantic City coast.
It is likely that Miss May had left the area by Wednesday evening. But experts say that the fact that the shark was near New Jersey at all is a good thing.
“We got our white sharks moving in the right direction and when we have white sharks they’re going to prevent the seals from wiping out our fish stocks,” says Chris Fischer, founding chairman and expedition leader at OCEARCH, a group that tags and tracks Great White sharks.
Data shows that Miss May was about 80 miles off Atlantic City on Tuesday and since she travels around 150 miles per day, she is probably out of the area. She is a little behind her peers, but Fischer says that she is probably heading towards Massachusetts to feed on seals.
“What’s really exciting about your regions is its one of the birthing areas and it’s a big part of the nursery where the baby sharks live,” Fischer says.
The baby sharks are not baby-sized, at 4-7 feet long. Fischer says that they are largely focused on fish.
“White sharks don’t start eating larger things like seals until they’re 10 feet long and you’re not going to find those on your beaches very frequently,” he says.
Fischer’s team met Miss May in Florida and data shows that she has been near New Jersey twice. She has been following around another “celebrity shark” known as Mary Lee – a 16-foot shark that was frequently pinged off the Jersey Shore. Mary Lee hasn’t been heard from in almost three years.
“It’s good for people to know, you know, these white sharks can go anywhere they want,” says Fischer.
Mary Lee had a 5-year battery that has run out. But Fischer says that her swim patterns probably remained the same.


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