A great white shark known as Mary Lee visited the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches for the holiday weekend and overnight Sunday was still being tracked off the town of Wildwood, N.J.
Mary Lee, whose fame has grown in recent years, is being tracked by nonprofit organization OCEARCH, which reported her pings off Delaware Beaches early Sunday morning and off Cape May, N.J. a few hours earlier.
OCEARCH reported on Sunday night Mary Lee “continues to ping off Wildwood, NJ.”
— OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) May 29, 2017
The group has been tracking the shark since 2012 when she appeared off Cape Cod, according to NBC Philadelphia.
The 16-foot nearly 3,500 pound shark has returned to the Jersey Shore over the years and her fan base is growing. She now has over 100,000 following her on Twitter and tracking her whereabouts.
Some of Mary Lee’s fans took to Twitter Sunday and one surfer said he knew had his board and knew she was out there.
“Carrying my OC into the Bay, woman quips, ‘Mary Lee is out there.’ I replied, ‘I know, huge follower.’ @MaryLeeShark has fans everywhere!” tweeted Bob Mina.
— Bob Mina (@HurricaneBobM) May 29, 2017
Another user told Mary Lee to come to Coney Island for the July 4th hot dog eating contest.
”@MaryLeeShark Hurry back to Coney Island for the hot dog eating contest on 4th of July. I think you would win easy.” wrote K. Kershener.
Others wrote how Mary Lee rocks and welcomed her back to the Jersey Shore.
But some Jersey Shore beachgoers told the New York Post they were fearful. “Oh, my God. This is going to be like ‘Jaws’ all over again,” said Montclair, NJ, resident Lauren Ludwig, 17, who was at Avon Beach with friends.
“I really like sharks, but I don’t want them to kill me.”
But shark expert George Burgess told the NY Post that local swimmers should be more worried about “sunburn and running out of hot dogs” than being eaten alive.
Burgess also offered tips for swimmers. He said to swim in groups because sharks target solitary prey and to ditch jewelry, too — light reflecting off bling looks like a fish’s scales to a shark.
Mary Lee has traveled up and down the East Coast, OCEARCH reports, from Florida to Massachusetts and even to Bermuda. She has travelled nearly 40,000 miles since first being tagged.