Photo Credit: Mauricio Hoyos Padilla
New footage was just released of a massive great white shark named Deep Blue, one of the largest ever caught on video. The creature was filmed in 2014 for the making of a Discovery Channel documentary, when it was approaching a shark cage near Guadalupe Island, off Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. In the video, researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla leaves the safety of the cage and even touches the shark. The brave diver even appeared to give it a high-five.
Hoyos Padilla posted the video on his public Facebook page on Tuesday, writing that it’s the biggest white shark he’s ever seen: “I give you the biggest white shark ever seen in front of the cages in Guadalupe Island….DEEP BLUE!!!”
The shark that Padilla met was pregnant and believed to be 22 feet long, which would be the biggest white shark ever seen and captured on film for the world to see. The average Great White is about 15 feet in length.
According to Newsweek, the scientists tagged Deep Blue to track her whereabouts. She led them to a colony of elephant seals, a typical food source for these huge sharks. Deep Blue can also be recognized by a series of nasty scars on her back, likely from bites that occurred during shark sex.
Shark researcher Michael Domeier of Hawaii noted, “In this particular video it looks like the diver just can’t resist the temptation to reach out and touch the shark, but there are instances when diving with sharks that you must reach out and guide the shark away from you. That said, people should avoid deliberately putting themselves into a situation where they might have to fend off a white shark with their hands since the animals are dangerous.”