June 12, 2015

Diver high-fives humongous great white shark (VIDEO) - @NatGeo

New footage has been released of one of the largest great white sharks ever caught on film, an enormous more-than-20-foot-long creature named Deep Blue
New footage has been released of one of the largest great white sharks ever caught on film, an enormous, more-than-20-foot-long creature named Deep Blue.


The massive predator was first featured in August by the Discovery Channel in a documentary when researchers tagged the gigantic fish. 

One of the researchers involved in the effort, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, discovered footage from the excursion in his computer this week, GrindTV reports. 


The shark, believed to be at least 50 years old, is seen in the video swimming around a roofless cage near Mexico's Guadalupe Island.

One diver in the cage is seen getting dangerously close to the massive, then-heavily pregnant fish and touching one of its fins.


In addition to her massive size, the shark is recognizable by her many scars.

In the documentary, the narrator explains that large, vertical slashes on Deep Blue's left flank could be the result of fights with sharks or mating.


The fish has a large, gaping hole on her right trunk and her dorsal fin and tail appear to be scraped and damaged.

After researchers tagged the beast, she led them to an elephant seal colony -- a typical meal for an adult great white shark. 


Divers and shark enthusiasts from across the world travel to Guadalupe to view great whites in the island's water. Padilla told GrindTV that fall is the prime time for shark sightings at Guadalupe. 

The video has amassed nearly 3 million views and has been shared more than 42,000 times since the video was posted Tuesday.

Great whites, the largest predatory fish on earth, typically grow to 15 feet in length, with some, like Deep Blue, exceeding 20 feet in length and weighing up to 5,000 pounds, according to National Geographic



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