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Great White research ship leaves Jacksonville

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Researchers investigate the carcass of a great white shark that washed up in Westport, Mass., just over the state line from Little Compton, R.I., Saturday Sept. 1, 2012.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A group of scientists left Florida for a 20-day expedition into the habits and patterns of the Great White Shark.

A 126-foot ship named the MV OCEARCH left Jacksonville Friday. The expedition will allow scientists to study and tag Great White Sharks weighing more than 2,000 lbs.

Once the researchers wrangle a shark on board, they have 15 minutes to perform a health check on the shark and to attach a satellite tracking device. That device will send signals for up to two years, every time the shark surfaces.

Last fall, researchers aboard the ship examined and tagged a 16 1/2-foot Great White and dubbed it "Mary Lee," while off the coast of Cape Cod.

Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota are among the researchers aboard the ship.

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