SAY hello to Deep Blue.
She is a great white shark estimated to be 20 feet long (6.1metres) and at least 50 years old by Mexico-based conservation group Pelagios Kakunja.
Dubbed the “biggest shark ever filmed”, the creature is making waves on the Internet.
Footage of Deep Blue swimming among smaller fish and cage divers has become viral with over 4 million shares since it was uploaded by Pelagios Kakunja director Mauricio Hoyos Padilla on Aug 10.
He uploaded the video to promote the group’s efforts to raise funds to protect sharks like Deep Blue.
On their Slideshare post, The Story of Deep Blue, the group shares hope that conservation efforts are working.
“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.”
They explain that during November and December, they have observed several pregnant white sharks — including Deep Blue — around Guadalupe Island feeding on seals, satisfying their needs to feed their pups.
When white sharks are about to give birth, it adds, they get close to the shore and deliver their pups in shallow areas, known as nursery grounds, which are full of food and free of predators.
This, however, makes them vulnerable to several human threats.