She is arguably probably the most well-known shark in America, however Mary Lee has gone silent. After being tagged with a transmitter by analysis group Ocearch again in 2012 off the coast of Cape Cod, Mary Lee gained a legion of loyal followers monitoring her ocean journeys. (She has almost 130,000 Twitter followers.)
Nonetheless, no ping has been registered since June, stories the Submit and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina. The excellent news is that this does not essentially imply the top of Mary Lee: Chris Fischer of Ocearch tells Jacksonville.com that it is extra seemingly the batteries in her transmitter, designed to final about 5 years, have lastly given out. Fischer hopes to see Mary Lee once more, however is OK if that by no means occurs.
“I really feel like she’s executed a lot, it’s onerous to ask for anything,” he says. “For any particular person shark, she’s undone extra of the injury from Jaws than any shark in historical past, and she or he’s probably the most well-known shark in historical past.”
Mary Lee was 40 or 50 years previous when first tagged, so Fischer figures she has one other 20 years of life. In the meantime, boaters and fishermen are being requested to maintain an eye fixed out, notably off the coast of South Carolina. The 16-foot shark simply occurs to have a particular chew mark in her dorsal fin, elevating hopes that if she continues to be swimming round on the market, someone will spot her.
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