The most famous shark in America has officially gone off the radar.
In 2012, the Great White shark named Mary Lee was tagged with a transmitter by research organization Ocearch off the coast of Cape Cod. Since then, she has gained a legion of loyal followers tracking her ocean journeys, and even garned 130,000 followers on a created Twitter account.
However, new reports have revealed that no ping has been registered since June.
Chris Fischer of Ocearch cautioned Mary Lee fans this week that no ping doesn’t mean the end of the Great White. He said it’s highly likely the batteries in her transmitter, designed with a a five year lifespan, have finally given out. Mary Lee was 40 to 50 years old when first tagged, which means she has another 20 years of life.
Fischer hopes to see Mary Lee again, but is content with knowing it may never happen.
“I feel like she’s done so much, it’s hard to ask for anything else,” he said. “For any individual shark, she’s undone more of the damage from Jaws than any shark in history, and she’s the most famous shark in history.”
Boaters and fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out, particularly off the coast of South Carolina where he last ping was registered. The 16-foot shark can be identified by a distinctive bite mark in her dorsal fin.
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