Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – without running into Yankees – we’ve got Mary Lee looking for a new beachfront home.
If you have somehow missed the story – and that would hardly be possible unless you’ve been on Mars – Mary Lee is a 16-foot great white shark that Ocearch tagged back in September near Cape Cod. The Cape is a big tourist destination for great whites, seeing as how it was the setting for Jaws. See the wreck of the Orca!
But since then, Mary Lee has been hanging around on the southern Atlantic Seaboard. At least she’s not adding to the congestion on I-95. So maybe aren’t gonna need a bigger interstate, after all.
Anyway, Mary Lee was just off the jetties this week, and has been pinged eating at Edisto, and banging around Bulls Bay. Back in the fall, she was eying the Isle of Palms and, if the tracking device is to be trusted, she even visited downtown Daniel Island.
The condo market is hot there right now, we hear.
But why is she really here? Maybe she’s just like many northerners, looking for a warmer winter. Perhaps she heard we have good seafood. Could be she’s thinking of jumping into the 1st District congressional race. Everybody else is doing it.
Some people think Mary Lee might be considering applying to the Charleston School of Law. But scientists say great whites typically don’t school around with other sharks.
Whatever the reason, let’s give her a nice big Charleston welcome (no, not the one where we fire cannons at her and secede).
Instead, we should treat her like we do most of our northern visitors – ignore her. Certainly we don’t need to hire any crusty charter boat captains to go shoot yellow barrels at her.
But we’re pretty sure that little Kitner boy shouldn’t go floating off Folly anytime soon.
One of the best lines in movie history…