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Half-eaten dolphins found in Lowcountry. What's eating them?

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Massive great white shark "Mary Lee" has apparently returned to the Lowcountry. This comes as a half-eaten dolphin was discovered near Folly Beach.

The 16-foot, nearly 3,500 pound great white shark has made her way across the Lowcountry, trekking all over the Charleston area and beyond.

OCEARCH has been tracking Mary Lee and earlier this week, a tracking device showed that she was in an inlet near Beaufort. But, according to OCEARCH's Facebook page, the dolphin may have been killed before that -- possibly by another great white shark. They say that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) "confirmed that this was one of many ‘half' dolphins found in the area in the past few weeks."

Dive instructor and owner of Lowcountry Scuba, Victor Dupuis, knows Lowcountry waters like they are his own swimming pool.

"You can definitely feel people's heartbeats pick up if they know it's out there," he said.

"We're in on average water of 90 to 130 feet where the water is a little clearer. We haven't seen anything quite as big as Mary Lee yet," Dupuis continued.

The picture of the half-eaten dolphin doesn't surprise him.

"Generally things that big are looking for the slowest meal they can find which are dead whales or dolphins. We're the least of their concerns," Dupuis said.

"They eat sea turtles like they are candy offshore. Inshore there are a lot of stingrays where we are seeing this on the Morgan River. That's easy shark food because it lays flat until a shark comes in," he added.

"The biggest thing I've seen out here is a 12-15 foot hammerhead shark. There are a lot of sharks out here. This is just the first time we've seen them get tagged. For every 1 tag you see,  there are probably 300 or 400 swimming out there per tag," he theorized.

You can track Mary Lee: http://www.ocearch.org/tracker/

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