Interview with a shark chaser

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"Mary Lee," shark captured and outfitted with tracking device by OCEARCH.

“Mary Lee,” shark captured and outfitted with tracking device by OCEARCH. (Photo credit: OCEARCH)

A 3,456-pound female shark, named “Mary Lee”, was captured off Cape Cod last September 17 by OCEARCH, a nonprofit research group that studies the ocean’s giants. They fitted the mature shark with a tracking device and then released her back into the ocean.

Chris Fischer, founder and expedition leader for OCEARCH, spoke with Penny Griego and Phil Hulett to explain what the group is learning about Mary Lee.


OCEARCH facilitates unprecedented research by supporting leading researchers and institutions seeking to attain groundbreaking data on the biology and health of sharks, in conjunction with basic research on shark life history and migration. The researchers work aboard the M/V OCEARCH, a unique 126’ vessel equipped with a custom 75,000 hydraulic lift and research platform, which serves as both mothership and at-sea laboratory.


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