Great white 'Mary Lee' vacationing near Hamptons

A behemoth great white shark is apparently vacationing off the Atlantic Coast.

Mary Lee, a nearly 3,500-pound shark, has been spotted near Long Island for a second year in a row, according to News 12. The massive shark surfaced May 6 about 40 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, according to, a group that tracks great white sharks.

"It's great news for us, actually for the environment," Joe Yaiullo, of the Long Island Aquarium, told News 12. "The waters are warming, and they're gonna follow the food. The food is migrating north."

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The shark has been spotted up and down the Atlantic coast over the years, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The 16-foot-long, 3,456-pound shark was tagged in 2012 off Cape Cod, according to Osearch. She has traveled 34,175 miles since then.

The shark is named after researcher Chris Fischer's mother, according to Osearch.

“I was waiting and waiting for a special shark to name after her and this is truly the most historic and legendary fish I have ever been a part of,” Fischer said.