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Absolute Monster: Mega Shark Wanders Into Fishermen’s Nets3 min read

November 26, 2022 3 min read

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Absolute Monster: Mega Shark Wanders Into Fishermen’s Nets3 min read

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An enormous great white shark has been pictured stalking a fishing boat and tuna farm in Australia.

This photo of a great white shark swimming near a fishing barge in South Australia is going viral.

The picture was posted by online fisherman Trapman Bermagui on Facebook and shows the huge animal swimming close to the vessel. A man leans out of the vessel and points to it.

“Check out the size of this Great White Shark,” Bermagui wrote in the post. “See the guy in the photo for reference.”

The shark was probably 16 feet long, he said. Female great whites tend to grow larger than males, which is the maximum size they usually reach, with their average length varying between 11 and 15 feet. The post has received 1,600 likes and more than 250 comments, with one Facebook user writing: “Absolute monster.” Another user posted: “Gonna need a bigger tuna net.”

The Biggest Shark Ever to Be Found

Great white sharks are apex predators of the oceans. They are the largest predatory fish in the world, known for their speed and strength. On average, they reach a length of 15 feet. But some are much, much bigger.

Deep Blue is one such shark—this female great white is thought to be the biggest in the world. She is an estimated 20 feet long and weighs over 5,500 pounds. It is thought that she is over 50 years old.

Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, a shark expert, and researcher was the first person to ever meet Deep Blue. “I saw her on a documentary about sharks and was very excited,” he said. “I was amazed by how big she was.”

In November 2013, Hoyos Padilla and a team of researchers were working to track great white sharks hunting elephant seals off the coast of Guadalupe Island—a small volcanic island that sits about 160 miles from Baja California.

They had been using GPS tracking devices to follow the movements of these sharks, but Hoyos Padilla had a hunch: maybe these sharks weren’t just focused on hunting elephant seals. Maybe they would also go after other marine mammals in the area.

So he and his team rigged up a camera trap on the back of a boat that was specifically designed to lure whales, dolphins, and porpoises into its sights. They put it in place during November 2013 with hopes that they would capture footage of great white sharks as they hunted down their prey.

The footage aired in 2014 as part of Shark Week.

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“We were looking for a shark to set a transponder and follow it with a special device from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute known as a shark cam,” Hoyos Padilla told Newsweek. “This device can get readings about speed, depth, orientation, and topography and it has 6 cameras installed mostly on the frontal part.”

The team found the gray reef shark during a dive off of Guadeloupe in August of 2018.

When they saw the shark, they decided to follow it with their camera equipped with GPS tracking software. They circled around the shark until they knew its exact location so they could track it back to shore where they could get more information about this unique animal.”

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