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Great white sharks have returned to Jersey Shore beaches

Great white sharks have returned to Jersey Shore beaches
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Perfectly timed with the best beaches in NYC officially opening on Memorial Day, great white sharks have arrived on the East Coast. And of course they headed straight for the Jersey Shore, attracted by the scents of self-tanner and fried pickles.

This weekend, two great whites were spotted right off the coast. Mary Lee, a 3,500-pound shark who summers on the shore every year, showed up right by Cape May, along with a second shark near Delaware Bay.

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The sharks are tracked using OCEARCH, the Tinder of the ocean. It lets you see where the sharks last surfaced, their weight, their height and what stage of life they’re in. (It’s an improvement over Tinder, actually.)

Last summer, lots and lots of those ominous dorsal fins were spotted everywhere from the Jersey Shore to Coney Island, and there was even a shark nursery off the coast of Long Island. We’ll make sure to keep you updated with breaking shark news this summer, and as always, remember that sharks are less likely to bother you if you don’t bother them.

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