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Twitter’s Favorite Shark Finds Love On The Jersey Shore

posted: 06/05/17
by: SharkWeek.com Staff

 

Summer lovin' ain't just for Danny and Sandy. Recently, beachgoers off the coast of Wildwood, NJ got front row seats to what may soon be the greatest romance of all time when celebri-shark Mary Lee, who's summered here solo for 5 years, showed up with new beau Cisco. At 362 pounds and 8-feet, 7-inches, Cisco is half the size of Mary, and has significantly fewer Twitter followers. Tagged in 2012 and given an online persona by OCEARCH, a global marine research company pioneering real-time data with their Global Shark Tracker, Mary's annual arrival is considered the official start of summer. In previous weeks, she was seen making her way up Rehoboth Beach, Delaware after a long winter spent in southern waters.

By giving sharks human traits--for example, Mary recently "left" her sealskin wallet in Atlantic City--OCEARCH hopes to keep us interested in sharks, and ultimately their conservation.

Prior to this rendezvous, NBC News reports that Cisco was keeping it casual on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and this northern excursion may have more to do with matters of the stomach than the heart. "Cisco is a really interesting shark," OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer told the outlet. "He's likely just coming in to forage." The warmer waters of summer tend to bring an abundance of fish to the northern Atlantic Coast, creating prime conditions for sharks--so it's not surprising Cisco's eager to become a Jersey boy.

A shock to fishers and beachgoers, it's still incredibly rare to spot these majestic sea beasts so close to land. On the flip(per) side, sightings are also an encouraging sign that the coast's ecosystem is thriving. "People should be terrified of an ocean that's not full of sharks, they keep everything in balance," Fischer told NBC. "So, if we want to make sure that our great grandchildren can eat fish sandwiches, we need lots of big sharks."

 

Interested in reading more? Check out this 2015 interview with OCEARCH's Chris Fischer's on starting a shark research revolution.
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