Great White Shark Spends Weekend in Long Island Waters

Most of us are waiting until June or at least Memorial Day Weekend for our first big beach trip of the year. A 16-foot-long, 3,400-pound shark couldn’t wait.

Great white shark Mary Lee was tracked about four miles off East Hampton Thursday night, the closest to the Long Island shore she’s ever been according to science and tracking organization Ocearch. She appeared heading towards Fire Island when when she pinged six miles south of Moriches Inlet Saturday at 12:44pm.

The top predator with more than 96,000 Twitter followers was tracked off Fire Island in May of last year as well, so she seems to have taken a liking to Long Island. Experts believe this likely has to do with the food supply in our warming waters this time of year. Who can blame her for wanting to visit our shores though? At Pulse, we’ve been counting down to beach season since El Niño left us in January. 

Should Mary Lee decide to stick around for summer, don’t think your beach day is ruined. Joe Yaiullo of the Long Island Aquarium told News 12 Long Island sharks don’t typically try to eat beachgoers.

“If we were on their menus, they’d be lining up off Jones Beach, waiting for the millions of people to go swimming,” Yaiullo said.

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Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.