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Viral Great White Shark ‘Mary Lee’ Nears Brick, Then Swims Away Quickly

Mary Lee takes a hike from the Brick area. (Credit: OCEARCH)

Mary Lee takes a hike from the Brick area. (Credit: OCEARCH)

Was it something we said?

Mary Lee, the 3,456 pound white shark that has taken the Internet by storm over the past several days, apparently decided Brick wasn’t the place for her.

Indeed, we here at Shorebeat have done our best to avoid reporting that a shark – gasp! – is swimming in the ocean. It runs concurrent with our policy that not every snowflake during the winter constitutes a blizzard, nor does every rainy day necessitate clickbait-y weather alerts. But the absurdity of Mary Lee’s beeline away from Brick struck us as just a bit too hilarious not to highlight.

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At 11:22 p.m. Sunday night, after testing the waters along the Brick-Toms River border in Normandy Beach, Mary Lee quickly headed back out to sea. Maybe she sensed the heated politics, got ahold of the French’s Landfill mowing bill, or didn’t want to end up like that shipwreck they found on the beach last fall. But regardless, Mary Lee seems (at least for now) to have eschewed Brick in favor of deeper seas. We may not need a bigger boat after all.



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