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Shores of Long Island become first known nursery of great white sharks

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NEW YORK — Shark researchers have uncovered that the Long Island shoreline is a nursery for great white sharks.

Ocearch tagged two baby white sharks Saturday off the shores of Long Island. The area is now the first known nursery for great white sharks as they grow up.

The two sharks, a male and female, were given New York names. The female was named Montauk and the male Hudson.

Montauk and Hudson were caught, tagged and later released.

PIX11 accompanied Ocearch for part of a two-week expedition to look for baby sharks.

The expedition was led by Osearch founder Chris Fischer, who has successfully tagged dozens of sharks with tracking devices including the famous 16-foot long Mary Lee.

Lee made headlines last year when she continuously swam up and down the shores of the Jersey Shore and Long Island. It is because of those patterns that Fischer has zeroed in on the south shore lines of Long Island to find potential juvenile whites.

"Our big mature shark, Mary Lee, came into the south side of Long Island in May and June which is the birthing season for the great white," says Fischer.