Heading to the beach? This year's hottest pastime might be tracking sharks that have become bonafide Twitter celebrities.
Through its website and app (for iPhone and Android), the non-profit research organization OCEARCH lets you track all of the great white, tiger and other large sharks it has tagged since 2007 and learn about worldwide shark conservation. Each shark tracked by OCEARCH sends a signal when its dorsal fin surfaces above the water for at least 90 seconds.
A 16-foot great white shark named Mary Lee has become a Twitter rock star with her own handle (run by an unnamed newspaper reporter) and over 116,000 followers. Since then, more of OCEARCH's sharks have received Twitter handles. Here's who to follow this summer:
01 of 08
Profile: "Great white shark tagged by @OCEARCH cruising the East Coast of the U.S. Every week is #SharkWeek. Track me here http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/ " Sample tweet: "Why don't sharks bite lawyers? Professional courtesy. -;() "
02 of 08
Profile: "Misunderstood but sassy girl just tryin' to get some fish. #replacefearwithfacts And she explains it all through @ByRobLanders & @OCEARCH." Sample tweet: "That awkward moment when you think you have sleep in your eyes... And then realize it's plankton. #sharkworld #needaseal"
03 of 08
Profile: "I'm the 1st Great White Shark ever recorded to cross the Atlantic. Oh, Canada eh." Sample tweet: "Don't Fear the Fins: Despite increased encounters, #sharks pose little threat in SW Florida http://bit.ly/1Fzhwj7 "
04 of 08
Profile: A Shark Lady of Mystery Lost in the Indian Ocean. A great white Shark tagged by @OCEARCH Have not pinged in months. #sharkemojicampaign Sample tweet: "I want to thank the Academy of 3000 tweeters who have elected to follow me! You like me! You really, really like me!"Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Profile: "Just your average shark lurking the waters of the East Coast of the U.S. not affiliated with @OCEARCH. Track me with the shark tracker app #SharkTracker." Sample tweet: "Remember you guys have a better chance being struck by lightning than to be bitten by me or my siblings. People don't taste good -;()"
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OCEARCH enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks to protect their future while enhancing public safety and education.