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Great white sharks being tracked along Ga. coast

1:40 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Scientists are tracking two great white sharks off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina as part of an effort to learn more about their migration patterns and raise awareness of the species.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Genie, a 14-foot, nearly 2,300-pound shark, and Mary Lee, a 16-foot, nearly 3,500-pound shark, were both tagged with a satellite tracking device in September.

The sharks are being tracked by Ocearch, a nonprofit research organization named for a combination of "ocean" and "research." It is funded by sponsors and donors, and a South Africa expedition was the subject of History channel's "Shark Wranglers."

The project aims to help shed light on the sharks' migration patterns, protect breeding and birthing sites, improve public safety and raise awareness about sharks.

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