Mary Lee, the great white shark that researchers from OCEARCH have been tracking for years, has become the most unlikely of celebrities.
Mary Lee fans are well aware of her social media presence (her Twitter account just hit 120,000!) as well as her travels along the coast, as she’s been tracked near the Hamptons, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.
Mary Lee, the 17-foot, 3,500-pound great white shark, was tagged in September 2012 by OCEARCH researchers, which studies marine animals.
17ft+ #whiteshark Mary Lee continues to ping off #SeaIsleCity, #NewJersey! She has pinged here 8x's in the past 24 hours. What do you think is so appealing about this area for her? Follow all of the #greatwhitesharks on the Global #Shark Tracker app for #iphone! @costasunglasses @yeti @jacksonvilleu @southerntide
OCEARCH founding chairman and expedition leader Chris Fischer told GrindTV: "She’s the most famous real shark in history and she has the potential to undo everything that 'Jaws' did."
He added, "We have to shift the tone around how we think and talk about sharks. We have to protect the very top of the food chain or the next level will wipe out other fish species."