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Great white shark lurks off New York coast

Great white shark Mary Lee was tagged by

Great white shark Mary Lee was tagged by OCEARCH in 2012. The most recent ping was May 12, 2015 at about 10 a.m. off the coast of Robert Moses State Park, the organization said. Photo Credit: OCEARCH.org

Perhaps the warm weather Tuesday has Mary Lee, a 3,500-pound great white shark, wanting to take in the scene at Jones Beach.

At any rate, the great white was being tracked south of Robert Moses State Park at about 10:30 a.m., according to OCEARCH.org, a nonprofit that researches and follows the large ocean predators.

The mature female, 16 feet long, has been patrolling waters mostly off the coast of New Jersey since last Wednesday.

But OCEARCH said it moved north and east, toward Long Island, early Tuesday.

The shark has more than 8,000 followers on the Twitter handle @MaryLeeShark and more than 41,000 likes at her Facebook page, Maryleeshark.

OCEARCH named the shark Mary Lee in 2012, after it was tagged off Cape Cod in 2012.

"Looks like @MaryLeeShark is in a 'New York State of Mind' @billyjoel off Long Island," tweeted one follower, @MA_Sharks.

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