Mary Lee the shark has a Twitter account and she’s not alone. More and more great white sharks are taking to social media, including Cisco, the male that was spotted near the Jersey Shore with Mary Lee.
Although it might sound a little terrifying at first, the results are actually very useful. Mary Lee was tagged back in 2012 off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She’s an incredible 16-feet long and weighs about 3,500-lbs. She was tagged by OCEARCH, a non-profit research organization geared towards tracking ocean animals and offering scientific data about their location and behavior.
— Gator Doxie (@Gator_Doxie) May 30, 2017
OCEARCH created the Global Shark Tracker, allowing anyone to view the location of their tagged sharks anywhere in the world. You can even download the app right onto your phone! OCEARCH hopes that through education, they can limit the unnecessary fear people feel towards sharks and encourage them to understand their importance in the ocean’s incredible ecosystem.
Since so many people are using social media these days, OCEARCH decided that a great way to reach their audience was through Twitter. Instead of sticking to their own Twitter account, they gave the sharks their own.
— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) May 30, 2017
Mary Lee can be found updating her own followers. By using real-time data, Mary Lee let everyone in the Jersey Shore know that she was heading that way over Memorial Day weekend. Her favorite spots are near Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, although she’s been found near Atlantic City too.
Like we said earlier, Mary Lee isn’t alone. You can find other sharks on Twitter or using OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker. It’s a fascinating way to locate tagged great white sharks all over the world, especially so you can be aware if you’re venturing into the ocean waters anytime soon.
— Shaaark! (@sharktoons) May 29, 2017
It’s no secret that great white sharks are a danger to humans, even if their threat is not extreme. OCEARCH has opened the door to allow the public and scientists to access necessary information to make policy and management decisions that are safe for both humans and sharks.
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