A Great white shark cruising the East Coast of America has clocked up over 58,000 Twitter followers.

Mary Lee the Shark weighs in at nearly 3,500 lbs (1,590 kgs) and has been being tracked for over eight years.

An organisation studying great white sharks is now enjoying some welcome attention after Mary Lee who they were monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following.

@MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real great white whose movements can be tracked online and in real time.

She has drawn more than 58,000 followers with her playful updates and witty replies as the real life shark cruises up and down the east coast of America.

The shark, which was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod, is among hundreds of sharks that OCEARCH, a Utah-based organisation, has tagged and tracked since 2007.

The fake Twitter handle is not affiliated with OCEARCH but expedition leader Chris Fischer, who named Mary Lee after his mother, said the organisation appreciates the attention the maritime messages have generated.

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