Is This The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed?

Aug 16, 2015

Shark Obsessed

By Maya Wei-Haas

Off the western coast of Mexico‘s Baja California, Guadalupe Island (map) is a shark mecca, drawing people from around the world hoping to catch a glimpse of one of these majestic creatures.

Divers recently exploring the area weren’t disappointed.

Biologist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla posted a Facebook video of what he claims is the biggest great white shark ever filmed: An approximately 20-foot (6-meter) long female dubbed Deep Blue.

According to the California Department of Fish and Game, great white sharks can grow up to 21 feet (6 meters) long.

However, most great whites are around 12 to 14 feet (3.6 to 4 meters) long, says Christopher Lowe, a shark biologist at California State University in Long Beach. A 17.9-foot-long (5.5-meter-long) male great white was caught off Guadalupe in fall 2009. (Related: “Biggest Great White Shark Caught, Released.”)

Deep Blue is “clearly a very large shark,” he says.

There may be another reason for that: Instead of the slim, torpedo shape of most white sharks, “she’s pretty rotund,” adds Lowe. “Just by the looks of her, I’d say that she’s pregnant.”

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11 comments on “Is This The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed?

  • “Other eyes smile tenderly
    Still in peaceful dreams I see
    The road leads back to you”
    – Ray Charles

    Be very quiet and keep you arms in the Cage, Ray.

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  • Apex predator. Vital to the ocean.

    In Australia, we have shark attacks. The Southern Ocean is a Great White playground. We’ve had a few recently, which is sending the politicians apoplectic with news cycle rage demanding culls of local sharks. The same great whites have been recorded migrating all around the southern Australian coast and then crossing the Indian Ocean to South Africa. Culling would do nothing.

    Australia has a culture of beach, sand, sun and surf. We all swim. If you swim, you swim in the apex predators back yard. You takes your chances… Given the average shark kill rate is around 2 per year, maybe the politicians should spare a bit of apoplectic indignation about the domestic violence rate. 50 killed per year and hundreds injured. The drunk / drugged driver kill rate. But no.

    “Kill the shark. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.”

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  • Pretty much the only large predator leaving an imprint in human conscienceness. Apart from man himself, of course. All the others have been more or less put aside, or exterminated. Lions, tigers, wolves. Bears maybe, if you’re the woodsy type.

    Hard to imagine a time where humans were more prey than hunter. So yeah, great whites, made of teeth and cartilage and big dead eyes = scary. But really, it’s all relative.

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  • She’s smiling because it’s good to be at the top of the food chain.

    The difference between men and women:
    Women (bonnie): “She is possibly pregnant, let’s protect her.”
    Men: What a trophy for my mantelpiece, let’s kill it.

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