Twitter-famous shark Mary Lee pings off Jersey Shore

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A great white shark with nearly 114,000 Twitter followers surfaced again Friday morning not far from the Jersey Shore.

OCEARCH, a nonprofit research group that tracks Mary Lee, shows that she last pinged at 6:29 a.m. Friday about 20 miles off the coast of Belmar.

"It only makes sense that Mary Lee chose the Jersey Shore because she gets to admire the beauty just like the rest of us," said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound great white began her northbound trip of the coast shortly after Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, Mary Lee was closer to the shore based on four pings that registered off the coast of Long Branch Island. She was about 7 miles off Atlantic City on Wednesday.

Mary Lee has traveled nearly 40,000 miles since OCEARCH caught and tagged her in 2012.

OCEARCH offers real-time information on dozens of sharks. CLICK HERE to visit the group's website.

One little-known fact about great white sharks is that they are two-toned -- light on the bottom to blend with the sky from beneath and dark on top to blend with the ocean floor from above.

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