One Tagged Great White Could Reveal Breeding Ground

Written by on June 26, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks

Planning a visit to Cape Cod this summer? You might be visiting important great white shark breeding grounds.

Last week, researchers headed to Cape Cod to prepare for a shark tagging expedition with OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that supports unprecedented shark research worldwide.

Expedition leader Chris Fischer and his crew successfully tagged two great whites off the coast of Chatham last September. One of those sharks, named Mary Lee, will be crucial in determining if Cape Cod is a breeding ground. Researchers believe Mary Lee is pregnant and if it really is a breeding site then she isn’t likely to return.

Check out this great segment from CBS Boston and watch the following video from when Mary Lee was tagged to learn more!

Great white shark.

Great white shark. Photo credit: Ken Bondy via photopin cc

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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