When you see a shark this big, the line from ‘Jaws’ comes to mind: ‘Were gonna need a bigger boat.’
This massive great white shark was filmed in the deep blue waters off the Coast of Guadalupe Island near Mexico. The video footage shows the enormous female great white that has been named “Deep Blue,” and is believed to be the largest ever filmed. It was estimated to be over 22 feet long and about 50 years old.
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According to Live science, the shark’s expanded belly was a telltale sign she was pregnant. And she was big. Hoyos Padilla’s boat is about 6.5 meters (22 feet) long, and Deep Blue looked longer than the boat, he said. Her size indicates she is likely more than 50 years old, he said. The oldest great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) ever recorded by scientists was a 73-year-old male, with a length of 16.2 feet (4.93 meters) from snout to tail tip, according to a study published last year in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Discovery Channel was making a documentary when Deep Blue the great white shark was caught on film by the divers. Researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla tagged the shark in the documentary, which aired in 2014 on the Discovery network.
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According to the Times, the Island isn’t off limits to experienced scuba divers, who can pay to cage dive with the great whites. “The submersible cage allows us to descend a little further into the realm of the great white shark,” a description on the Solmar V’s website read.
Solmar V operates out of Ensenada, Mexico, and leads visitors to Guadalupe Island for the dive. “Although the submersible cage lowers to only 30′ below the surface of the water, it provides a completely different perspective to your great white shark diving experience,” the group said. Visibility is said to be more than 100 feet.
It’s not the Megalodon prehistoric shark, but she’s pretty big. To think there may be a shark this size swimming around in the ocean is enough to make me not go too far out in the ocean. But luckily, the chances of that are next to none, thank goodness.
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