A great white shark called "Deep Blue" is believed to be largest ever filmed and she has surfaced again on a second video by conservationist photographer Mauricio Hoyos Padilla as he tries to bring attention to protecting her.
The video of "Deep Blue," believed to be 50 years old, 20 feet long and weigh about 5,000 pounds, according to WJW-TV
, was posted on Padilla's website on Monday and has been viewed nearly 300,000 times and shared more than 30,000 times on his Facebook page
Padilla is the director of Pelagios-Kakunja, a nonprofit organization that works to improve of the public's knowledge of the movements and migratory patterns of the sea's top predators. For example, the group has tagged pregnant white sharks off Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean to determine their nursery grounds so they could be protected, noted WJW-TV.
Padilla originally photographed "Deep Blue" off Guadalupe Island in 2013 and released a video of the giant shark earlier this year after discovering the file on his computer.
"Deep Blue" was featured last year in a Discovery Channel documentary "Jaws Strikes Back" during the network's "Shark Week" episodes, filmed in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (see video at end of this story).
"In the documentary, the narrator explains that large, vertical slashes on Deep Blue's left flank could be the result of fights with sharks or mating," said The Daily Mail
. "The fish has a large, gaping hole on her right trunk and her dorsal fin and tail appear to be scraped and damaged."
"After researchers tagged the beast, she led them to an elephant seal colony – a typical meal for an adult great white shark."
"Deep Blue" continues to capture the fascination of social media.
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