Great White Shark in Cape Cod Named for Julian Edelman
FOXBOROUGH - It's been an unusual summer when it comes to shark activity off the Cape. Great white sharks in New England waters are nowhere near as frequent as the filmmakers behind the classic, Jaws, would lead you to believe. But in the summer of 2019, great white sharks have been relatively abundant in this corner of the Atlantic, some even getting bold enough to share some fish with locals this weekend.
It's also been an unconventional summer for Julian Edelman, the beloved and famed wide receiver of the New England Patriots. Typically, Edelman spends his celebrating the latest Patriots Super Bowl title before preparing to get back into shape for the next season. But between appearances at Walt Disney World to celebrate his championship and Super Bowl MVP trophy and guest spots on the talk show circuit to promote his Showtime documentary, few football players have been busier than Edelman.
So it only makes sense that the great white sharks of the Atlantic and Edelman would come together, somehow:
According to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Twitter, the shark was tagged back in 2011 but never received a name. When it was recently due for retagging, they decided it would be a good time to christen him. Unfortunately, the shark had other ideas and was particularly evasive when it came to being tagged, much like Edelman's evasive abilities in a playoff game. Therefore, the shark now bears the name Jules, which is quite the honor for both man and beast. Parades at the Magic Kingdom are great and all, but there’s nothing like having a shark named after you.
Maybe Super Bowl MVP comes pretty close, though.
Image via Flickr / Elias Levy