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‘Jaws’ spotted? Huge great white shark spotted off Australian coast

Undated file photo of a great white shark (REUTERS/Seachangetechnology)

A huge great white shark is spotted off the coast of a popular beach in Western Australia, which can be between 15 and 20 metres long, almost the size of the fictional shark in “Jaws.”

Filmmaker Dave Riggs has posted a video on Facebook with footage of the shark in the vicinity of a patrol boat. The images, captured by a drone, gives the boat, on approximately 27-feet in length (8.5 meters), and the sharks circling the boat, before he swims away out of sight.

The video has gone viral, being viewed almost 170,000 times. More than 200 comments have also appeared on the video, with many expressing shock at the size of the shark.

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It is unknown what attracted the shark so close to the beach, but the local population fears that the carcass of a whale in the area may be attracting the predators, according to a report in The Australian.

In “Jaws,” the fictional shark said on 25-metres in length and about 3 tonnes. It is not known how much the shark weighed.

In a later Facebook post, Riggs said Esperance, the town in Western Australia near where the great white was spotted, has this type of drama.

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“Instead of dwelling on our personal relationship with the ocean, I think the time to consider what is perhaps the bigger picture here,” Riggs wrote. “Arsenal has a drama with small white shark/human interactions on the Kelp Beds each year for some time. That sharks are very light in color .. if they are coastal creatures. Those who are here now are pretty much black .. if they have followed the dead sperm whales we have on the beach down here at the time of the deep waters of the shelf. We should be looking to tow this dead sperm whales back to sea when they beach rather than spend 300k to send them to a garbage dump .. there is no way you are getting a D9, crane and low loader outside Alexander Bay, where the other whale is beached”

Sharks of this size are not uncommon to both Australia and all over the world. In 2016, a shark estimated at 23-feet in length, was spotted off the coast of south Australia, according to a report in the National Post.

In 2015, marine biologist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla captured images of a huge 20-metre great white shark, also known as Deep Blue, according to a report in the National Geographic.

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According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, sharks of this size are not uncommon. The government agency noted that “Adult White Sharks grow to about 21 meters long and are one of the top-level predators of the ocean,” and a female great white was ‘ caught off Point Ave, Los Angeles County, in September 1986 that measured 17.6 metres and weighed 4,140 lbs.”

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