18 August 2015
Off the western coast of Mexico lays Guadalupe Island – 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 video of what is probably the biggest great white shark ever filmed: An approximately 20 foot (6-meter) long female dubbed Deep Blue.
Deep Blue weighs about 2 tons and is estimated to be between 40 – 50 years of age.
Padilla wrote: “When I saw Deep Blue for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind – hope.”
“A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working.”
No accurate global population numbers of Great White Sharks are available, but the fact that Deep Blue is still swimming in the ocean suggests that measures to protect these animals are working.