Expert: Great White Shark Is 'Blowing Our Minds'
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A 16-foot great white shark named Mary Lee is among those who like calling North Carolina home. The Ocearch Shark Tracker has kept track of the 3,500-pound Mary Lee since she was tagged in September off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. (Jan. 31)

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DURATION: 3:24-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:OCEARCH - AP CLIENTS ONLY -- Courtesy OCEARCHDate and place unknown1. NATS UP men on ship cheering "oh yeah, oh yeah, Mary Lee. Big girl!2. Shark being lowered into the waterAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPark City, Utah - January 28, 20133. SOUNDBITE Chris Fischer, Shark Expert: "These guys are laying their body parts on the line for the future of the ocean. They are fishing for the future. So when we first come in to a shark like Mary Lee and she takes a bait, we then pull her back to the ship and swing her over the lift on the side of the OCEARCH. And when the lift comes up out of the water, we put a towel over her eyes, calm her down and then we go to work collecting all the samples and attaching the latest technology to the shark to solve the puzzle of her life. And we have about 15 minutes to do this like a NASCAR pit crew. You'll see one guy drawing blood, while another attaches a tag, and another guy is getting bacteria off the teeth and parasites -- all for the future of science and the future understanding of their lives. And then there's no better feeling then when you see a fish like Mary Lee swim away strong and you know that you have just exploded the body of knowledge forward and are going to dramatically enhance our capacity to make sure that the North Atlantic white shark has a robust future."OCEARCH - AP CLIENTS ONLY -- Courtesy OCEARCHDate and place unknown4. Close up shark laying on Ocearch5. Medium shot shark laying on Ocearch with two men tending to shark6. Close up man opening sharks mouth and spraying with water7. Medium shot men attaching tag to shark's fin8. Time-lapse video wide shot of men attending to shark on liftAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPark City, Utah - January 28, 20139. SOUNDBITE Chris Fischer, Shark Expert, looking at computer screen: "This shark Mary Lee is completely blowing all of our minds doing things we did not expect her to do."OCEARCH - AP CLIENTS ONLY -- Courtesy OCEARCHDate and place unknown10. Underwater video of shark swimming11. Underwater video of shark swimmingAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPark City, Utah - January 28, 201312. Tight shot of computer screen showing shark tracking webpage13. SOUNDBITE Chris Fischer, Shark Expert: "This is incredible. This is Mary Lee's track since mid-September. And right now it's basically the end of January. So since mid-September, she travelled from Cape Cod all the way down here to Charleston and up and down the southeast between Jacksonville, Florida to Wilmington, North Carolina, before just a couple weeks ago, in mid-January heading around Cape Hatteras and sliding all the way up here and now she's just off Jersey headed toward New York. I mean all of us are shocked, even the scientists. We all thought she was going to be more of an off-shore fish, living out in here, taking advantage of opportunities with you know big schools of fish and maybe the northern right whale -- it's critical birthing habitat is down here, We thought she would live there for a long period of time, but just after a couple of months, she's bugging out."OCEARCH - AP CLIENTS ONLY -- Courtesy OCEARCHDate and place unknown14. People standing on deck of boat looking out -- pan to another boat with man throwing up a lineAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPark City, Utah - January 28, 201315. SOUNDBITE Chris Fischer, Shark Expert: "What most people don't understand is that the reason the research community doesn't know much about our ocean's giants is that they've never had the capacity to capture a 35-hundred-pound shark and let it go alive. And in order to do that, you need fishermen and scientists to come together. You can't expect a scientist and an intern to pull that off by themselves."STORYLINE: A 16-foot great white shark named Mary Lee is among those who like calling North Carolina home.The Ocearch Shark Tracker has kept track of the 3,500-pound Mary Lee since she was tagged in September off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. On Wednesday, she was off the Outer Banks.Shark expert Chris Fischer tells the AP "This shark Mary Lee is completely blowing all of our minds doing things we did not expect her to do."So far, Mary Lee has traveled up and down the East Coast, including Florida, where she came within 200 yards of Jacksonville Beach a couple of weeks ago. In December, she entered the mouth of the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina before traveling south.Businessman and adventure show producer Chris Fischer says tens of thousands of people are following Mary Lee's travels online.