Incredible footage emerges of what is believed to be the largest great white shark ever caught on camera
Sharks are threatening enough as it is, but a Great White? That's even more intense. So, you can only imagine how terrifying it would have been to confront what is potentially the largest Great White shark, like this diver did.
At nearly 20 feet long, the shark nicknamed 'Deep Blue' was captured on camera in Mexico, with the footage recently being broadcast as part of Nat Geo Wild's 'Shark Week'. The video was taken by shark conservationist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla three years ago, under the seas of Mexico's Baha California peninsula, near to Guadalupe Island.
Deep Blue is thought to be about 50 years old, and was pregnant at the time of recording. Though it varies between male and female sharks, Great Whites can live for up to 70 years.
Gavin Naylor, who works for the Florida Programme for Shark Research, believes that it's her age that has led to her large size. "It's an older animal and when you look at the distribution of any animal, it's the larger animals that are older," Naylor told Fox News.
You can see the footage of 'Deep Blue' in the video below:
When it comes to sharks biting humans, Naylor explains that this is more down to human activity than the sharks themselves.
"Shark bites are almost the consequence of density of humans in the water and density of sharks in the water," he said. "It's only in circumstances when people want to be in the water during the summer and sharks are following their feed when an accidental bite happens."
Hopefully, Deep Blue makes it to 70 and we see how big she can really get!