What’s scarier than a great white lurking in the waters? A great white of 20 feet long and 50 years of age looking to sniff possible prey.
There’s a new viral video posted by photographer Mauricio Hoyos Padilla that shows a cage diver getting out of the protected environment to high five the great white that is now nicknamed Deep Blue.
Deep Blue is a remarkable individual of great white shark that does justice to its species with its shiver-down-the-spine inducing looks. The remarkable thing about Deep Blue is that it displays dimension not recorded before with great white sharks.
Researchers places it at 20 feet long and calculated that its age is probably around 50 years-old. Deep Blue was spotted in Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The gesture of the cage divers, of course shocking for many who see the giant predators lurking in the waters as killing machine, comes to confirms newer research on the behavior of the great white sharks.
According to new scientific literature, the feared great whites are in fact not interested in humans as part of their menu. When they encounter something new in their territory, they will sample bite that something, but release the prey.
To this extent, Padilla’s viral video shows how Deep Blue circles the cage in which the divers are submerged and quickly loses interest. Afterwards, one diver comes out just to touch the great white’s fin in quite a cute moment. Or adrenaline generating one, yet interesting nonetheless.
According to some accounts, Deep Blue was already spotted before in a Discovery network documentary and has been tagged ever since.
Nonetheless, the mere numbers of the views and shares and the media and public attention that the Mauricio Padilla’s video received is a clear statement of the fascination great whites exercise on people around the world.
Even more understandable in the case of Deep Blue, a great white like none spotted before. The location where Deep Blue made an appearance, Guadalupe Island is a magnet for those looking to submerge under water in hopes of seeing a great white.
Guadalupe Island is located in Mexico, next to Baja California.
If you think this is a dangerous passion to have, consider that of the 100 shark attacks taking place yearly worldwide, there are only nearly a half that are attributed to the great white’s predator instinct.
Of this half, there are only a few which are fatal. Perhaps it’s not a settling statistics, yet, there are other dangers lurking in the world that can prove far more threatening.
According to scientific accounts, the great white shark population has been consistently depleted over the past decade.
Therefore, Deep Blue, as menacing as it may look, is an endangered species.
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