Great white shark Mary Lee, named for the mother of researcher Chris Fischer who tagged the shark off Cape Cod 15 months ago, is fast becoming the most famous great white in the U.S.
Last weekend Mary Lee was the prize-winning float at the annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla off Wrightsville Beach. The decorated boat with mechanized toothy smile beat out 27 other entries to capture first prize.
The crew of the Mary Lee held signs stating "SOS. Save our Sharks".
It's a fun float with a serious purpose. Funds are needed to keep the research on great whites going.
Thanks to the Ocearch website, anyone can track Mary Lee's offshore travels from the Cape to Florida and back again, in real time on their home computer.
In fact, scientists monitoring Mary Lee online warned the Coast Guard near Jacksonville last winter that Mary Lee took a sudden turn toward shore one day, and authorities closed the beaches.
In this photo, it looks like she practically walked onshore to get to the ice cream truck.
Expect to hear more about Cape Cod's celebrity shark, before the GPS batteries run out of juice within a couple of years.