A 3,500-pound great white shark named Mary Lee was detected swimming off Tybee’s north end on Christmas Eve. The shark, a 16-footer, is outfitted with a tracking device courtesy of the nonprofit Ocearch, which provides updates on her whereabouts whenever she comes to the surface and “pings.” Mary Lee was previously tracked off Tybee just before Christmas 2012, too, as was another shark named Genie.
As was the case last year, Mary Lee wasn’t the only toothy holiday visitor to Georgia. A 2,300-pounder, Katherine, swam right down the coast just before Christmas and last pinged Saturday south of Daytona.
That means there were likely two great white sharks in the area when bathers headed en masse into the surf for the Tybee Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.