Huge great white shark east of Montauk

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A 3,500-pound great white shark is now spending time in the northern Atlantic after spending weeks off the Southeast coast.

Mary Lee, one of only two great whites ever tagged in the North Atlantic, currently is spending time hundreds of miles away from land in an area south of Martha's Vineyard and east of Montauk.

The shark was tagged in September off Cape Cod and later made her way south to near Jacksonville, Fla. A second great white also tagged then, named Genie, doesn't surface as much as Mary Lee, so her travels have been harder to track. Genie's last position was recorded Jan. 19 off the South Carolina-Georgia border.

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The sharks were tagged and are being monitored by OCEARCH, a nonprofit dedicated to studying great whites and other large marine species.

-- AP

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