Posted on Thursday, 19 May 2016
The footage of an enormous Great White shark circling divers in a cage at Guadalupe Island was posted in 2015 and has since gone viral. In a matter of just 24 hours, the huge shark named Deep Blue had become one of the most talked about White sharks on the planet. So, what’s the story behind the footage? How big is she really? When was the footage taken? And where did this incredible shark come from?
The footage was taken by Guadalupe Islands’ leading onsite scientists Mauricio Hoyos, and was shot back in November of 2013. At this time operators at the Island saw Deep Blue on a few occasions. She was filmed during that month by Discovery channel for the acclaimed production “Jaws Strikes Back” in which she was tagged and followed by an underwater camera. It is this Internet clip however, that really shows off her size and girth against the cage and the divers she encounters.
There has been some guess work on the length of this shark but based on our knowledge and after speaking to Mauricio, Deep Blue has been estimated at anywhere between 19-21ft in length, making her not only the largest shark ever seen at Guadalupe, but one of the largest ever seen on the planet! At over two tons in weight and possibly up to 50 years old, this is a magnificent and rare specimen, making this experience for the divers an incredible wildlife encounter.