Is The Shark Behind The North Carolina Attacks On Twitter?

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Two teenagers lost limbs this weekend after a pair of shark attacks on a North Carolina beach. Details are still emerging about the incidents, but some fans of a shark-tracking app have noticed that one of their favorite tiger sharks was suspiciously close to Oak Beach, where the attacks occurred. Is the guilty shark also Twitter-famous?

On Sunday, a 13-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were both attacked in waist-deep water; both of them lost an arm, and the young girl may also lose her leg. According to local news reports, officials have not yet said how many sharks they think were involved, how big any sharks in the area might be, or what kind of shark mauled the children. One expert told Fox 8 that he suspected a tiger or bull shark, which is bad news for Chessie, a tiger shark currently being tracked by scientific nonprofit Ocearch — especially since we know she was nearby.

According to Ocearch's shark-tracking app, Chessie was swimming north along the southern North Carolina coast early Sunday. (We reached out to Ocearch for their thoughts, and will update when we hear.) Chessie and her friend Mary Lee, a great white shark, have racked up huge followings on Twitter, which is a natural place to find apex predators.
Does that mean Chessie and Mary Lee's pings are live-tweeting an underwater rampage? Unlikely, but beachgoers in Florida should still beware; the state had the most shark attacks in the U.S. last year — and every year going back a decade, according to statistics collected by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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