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Several tracked sharks swimming near Myrtle Beach on Shark Awareness Day

Mary Lee the great white, as she was being tagged by Ocearch. (Source: Ocearch.org) Mary Lee the great white, as she was being tagged by Ocearch. (Source: Ocearch.org)
Georgia and her GPS tag. (Source: Ocearch.org) Georgia and her GPS tag. (Source: Ocearch.org)
Jax the tiger shark. (Source: Ocearch.org) Jax the tiger shark. (Source: Ocearch.org)
Image of the Ocearch map showing the sharks in our area. (Source: Ocearch.org) Image of the Ocearch map showing the sharks in our area. (Source: Ocearch.org)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Thursday, July 14 is Shark Awareness Day, and appropriately, several sharks being tracked by a marine research organization are swimming around the Myrtle Beach area.

Georgia, an 8.5-foot long tiger shark, is hanging out just across the border near North Myrtle Beach after swimming up north from Jacksonville, Florida. She was tagged on March 18, 2016 during Ocearch’s Operation Jacksonville.

Jax, a 12-foot long tiger shark, is swimming in the waters south of Myrtle Beach, near the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center south of Georgetown. She was tagged at Port Royal Sound on September 28, 2015, and has traveled over 3,300 miles since then.

And, of course, there’s the famous 16-foot long great white Shark, Mary Lee. When she was last “pinged” on June 20, she was swimming miles off the South Carolina Coast, in the Pelagic Sargassum Habitat in the south Atlantic Ocean. Before that, she spent some time in the New Jersey area. Mary Lee is very active on social media, and her (unofficial) Twitter account, @MaryLeeShark, has over 100,000 followers!

Ocearch, the organization that tagged and tracks these sharks online, is a recognized leader in gathering critical scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of many marine species, including great white sharks.

Users can go to their website to view an interactive map showing all the sharks they track, their current locations, and complete tracking data of where they have been since they were tagged.

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