The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy named a shark after University of New Hampshire marine biology student Lizzi Marriott on Thursday, the 2-year anniversary of her disappearance.
The shark research group posted photos of the shark, "Lizzi," on its Facebook page on Thursday, Oct. 9. Marriott was last seen on Oct. 9, 2012. Seth Mazzaglia, 31, was sentenced in August to life in prison without parole for raping and strangling Marriott to death and then dumping her body in a nearby river.
Lizzi the great white shark is a 14-foot female. She was named for Marriott because the Westborough, Massachusetts, native had volunteered at the New England Aquarium since high school and hoped to someday be a prominent figure in the field of marine biology.
Lizzi the shark was tagged with both an acoustic and a pop-up satellite archival tag, and the data she gathers on her journeys will be used to further ongoing studies of great white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean.
"Keep on swimming Lizzi, we can't wait to see what you teach us!" the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted on its Facebook page.