Shark shocker: a 20-foot great white ‘Deep Blue’ caught on camera

(Credit: Discovery Channel)

You will definitely need a larger boat.

The great white shark is known as “Deep Blue” is a nearly 20 meters long and is considered to be the largest great white ever caught on film.

Shark conservationist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla captured footage of the massive beast, almost three years ago, while doing work for the Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ programming. At the moment, “Deep Blue” was pregnant.


In the video above, “Deep Blue” swim to the cage and a diver pushes the shark as it pokes around before it finally swims away. Hoyos Padilla captured the incredible images in the vicinity of Guadalupe Island, on the west coast of the mexican Peninsula Baja California.

It is estimated that “Deep Blue” who has become so famous it has its own Twitter account, is almost 50 years old, Discovery found.

According to a 2014 study, great white sharks have an average life span of 70 years, though it varies between men and women.

It is likely that Deep Blue was so great was simply because of her age, said Gavin Naylor, program director at the Florida Program for Shark Research. “It is an older animal and if you look at the distribution of an animal, it is the larger animals that are older,” Naylor told Fox News in an interview.

(Credit: Discovery Channel)

Despite its epic scope, killer whales, a great white shark’s natural predator, it would have no problems with the take of “Deep Blue” down.

“Orcas are very smart and they work together, they are pack hunters,” Naylor added.

Although shark attacks are rare (88 unprovoked attacks, and 30 elicited occurred during 2017), they have been in the news recently, something Naylor attributed to the population density.


(Credit: Discovery Channel)

“Shark bites are almost the result of the density of people in the water and the density of the sharks in the water,” Naylor said. “It is only in the case when people want to be in the water during the summer and the sharks are following their feed in an accidental bite happening.”

Last week, two children from New York’s Long Island were attacked by sharks.

That followed an incident earlier this month when two people were reportedly admitted to hospital with shark bites, making Fernandina Beach, Florida to close.

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