It was reported that Mary Lee?s twitter feed written by an unknown journalist is gaining followers rapidly.
A professional group who are studying white sharks is receiving the attention of thousands of followers after a bogus Twitter account, @MaryLeeShark, posted the movements of a 3500-pound white shark that can be monitored online and in real time.
This bogus Twitter account attracted over 67,000 followers with witty updates and funny replies as the great real life white shark swims across the east coast.
One recent Twitter remark posted, ?Oh heyyyyy…. you?re right by my house, come by for a nightcap?? Mary Lee responded, ?I would settle for an ice bag to put on my aching Twitter fin. -:()?
Another commenter asked, ?What do you do during Shark Week?,? and Mary Lee answered, ?Swim. Eat. Tweet. Etc. Exhausting.?
The great white shark from the Cape Cod Coast is one of hundreds of shark species which OCEARCH, pronounced as ?Oh-Search,? based in Utah, has monitored since it was established in 2007.
The public is informed that the bogus Twitter account which features the shark is not officially connected with OCEARCH. Chris Fischer, a leader of OCEARCH, said that the group is enjoying the attention it is getting from its maritime enthusiast followers.
Fischer, from his recent expedition in Australia, commented, ?They?re really clever, they really like sharks and they?re on a mission, so we?re just kind of rolling with it.?
OCEARCH joined in launching official Twitter accounts for two other sharks that they are tracking across the East Coast, namely, @Shark_Katharine and @RockStarLydia .
The owner of the bogus Twitter account @MaryLeeShark came to surface after Associated Press sent a message through its Twitter. The owners identified themselves as a ?daily newspaper reporter? based in East Coast and they were grateful for the attention they are receiving from their followers and the support from OCEARCH.
The Twitter account owner said, ?The recent explosion of followers has been a lot of fun, but also like a second job. I do everything manually ? no robo tweets.? ?The best part is that (@MaryLeeShark) plays a role in helping to replace fear with facts by retweeting and commenting on @OCEARCH tweets. I try to be respectful of the important work OCEARCH does and have fun at the same time,? he continued.
The multi-year project of OCEARCH is utilizing GPS trackers that are connected to the dorsal fin of dozens of white sharks, to view and post real time data around the world. It aims at gaining understanding of the life cycle of these sharks and inspiring public to conserve and protect endangered ocean creatures.
Researchers stated that the work is significant because it will provide data to understand more about the behaviour of the mature white sharks. These huge ocean creatures are difficult to tag using the modern GPS devices that help in monitoring their movements and activities.
OCEARCH is recognized as one of the organizations who have the skills, technology, and resources for these monitoring tasks. It operates on funding and its crew members are professional ocean explorers who were once fishermen.
Roberrt Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium based in Florida, said, ?This gives us a much better understanding of the movement patterns of these animals through days, months and years.
Gregory Skomal, marine biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, explained that the research features its specific interests on highly populated east coast where sightings of white sharks are frequent.
Skomal said, ?Basically the cafe is open and the customers are arriving.?? ?Ten or fifteen years ago, you might have had three to four sightings of white sharks off the coast of Massachusetts a year. Now we?re getting well over 30 or 40,? he added.
However, researchers involved in the study are hesitant in giving conclusions regarding the behaviour of the white sharks which are just based on some white sharks the OCEARCH is monitoring in East Coast.
Shark enthusiasts said that they found the twitter comments both enjoyable and informative. They are hoping that the feeds help the general public overcome their fears and misunderstanding regarding the powerful ocean creatures.
Teri Drake said, ?People need to think about them not so much as a predator and something to be feared, but more as something that needs to be protected.? He comes from Athens and now resides in Georgia. He recently started following @MaryLeeShark and commented that the ocean is the home of these ocean creatures and it is our task to watch and protect them.