No, it’s not a joke.
Mary Lee the shark has her own Twitter handle (@MaryLeeShark) and has been sending out updates from her journeys. This very social shark also has a web page (sharks-ocearch.verite.com/), where fans can follow her route.
Nonprofit group Ocearch, which researches great white sharks, humanely tagged the shark off Cape Cod in September 2012 and tracks her whereabouts with a device that gives off a ping each time the fin goes above the water. Mary Lee’s Twitter account isn’t affiliated with Ocearch, but the cheeky posts have gained her a following that would be the envy of any millennial: 14,700 followers at press time — and counting.
Mary Lee’s recent movements. (Photo: Ocearch)
In the last month, Mary Lee has had quite a sightseeing tour, with stops near Ocean City, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and the Delmarva Peninsula. Her latest pitstop: just north of Brigantine, New Jersey.
And there’s no denying that Mary Lee has a sense of humor. “Maybe I’ll just cruise on down to visit my friends the right whales,” she wrote on Twitter. “Maybe we can do dinner.”
How did she celebrate Shark Week? “Oh you know, swim, eat, tweet and repeat. Every week is #SharkWeek.”
Her feelings about her recent travels? “Looking back over my social calendar for the past month. Busy, busy, busy.”
But Mary Lee better watch out, as she has competition: Lydia Shark (@RockStarLydia), the first great white to be tracked crossing the Atlantic. Lydia has 12,800 followers on Twitter.