Nature & Environment
Divers record footage of 'real-life Jaws'
By T.K. Randall
August 12, 2015 · 30 comments
The enormous shark is over 20ft long. Image Credit: Facebook / Mauricio Hoyos Padilla
Footage has emerged showing what is thought to be the largest great white shark ever recorded on film.
In a scene reminiscent of something from Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic monster movie, scientists looking for sharks off the coast of Guadalupe Island in Mexico managed to film a gigantic 20ft great white known as 'Deep Blue' swimming around them.
The shark was so large in fact that it was almost as big as the team's 22ft research vessel.
"When I saw Deep Blue for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: Hope," wrote researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla whose clip of Deep Blue has received over seven million views.
"A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working. Deep Blue has been spared from longlines and the inherent dangers of being in the wild, and somehow she has found her way in the vast ocean."
The huge shark will be featured as part of the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week 2015" event in an episode entitled "Island of the Mega Shark" which is due to air on Saturday, August 29th.
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