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If the winter weather wasn’t enough to keep you out of the water, Bermuda’s latest visitor might.

Mary Lee, a 16ft, 3,456lbs great white shark has been tracked swimming just over 100 miles to the Island’s north and could reach Bermuda’s coast within the next 24 hours.

Since the shark was first tagged off the coast of Cape Cod last September, it has been tracked swimming up and down the US East Coast.

For the last month, however, Mary Lee has been swimming further from the US coast, moving in a southerly direction towards Bermuda.

Veterinarian Dr Neil Burnie of Endsmeet Animal Hospital in Devonshire said the predator appeared to have changed course in the last five days and was now Bermuda-bound.

“This is a big fish, it’s motoring and looks like it’s making a beeline for us,” Dr Burnie said.

Dr Burnie said that Mary Lee had been monitored in shallow waters along the Florida coastline, probably while hunting for seals.

And he pointed out that the beast could now be attracted to Bermuda’s waters by shoals of giant tuna.

He estimated that the shark which can cruise at speeds of 8mph could easily reach Bermuda within the next 24 hours.

“But my advice to anyone in the water is not to worry,” he said. “If it hasn’t eaten anyone off the Florida coast it’s unlikely to eat anyone here.”

Great white sharks can be found in almost all coastal and offshore waters, including the northeast Atlantic, and can reach a length of more than 20ft.

While the sharks have a deadly reputation, caused in large part by the blockbuster movie ‘Jaws’, they do not typically target people.

Useful website: sharks-ocearch.verite.com

Predator of the sea: A great white shark named Mary Lee getting tagged in September off Cape Cod is now being tracked some 100 miles off Bermuda
Mary Lee, a great white shark now swimming more than 100 miles to the north of the Island.
Tagged: A great white shark named Mary Lee getting tagged in September of Cape Cod is now being tracked some 100 miles off Bermuda

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Published February 19, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm)

Great white shark tracked off Bermuda

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