This Is Deep Blue, Probably The Biggest Shark You’ve Ever Seen

She’s estimated to be around 20 feet long, as wide as a small elephant — which likely indicates pregnancy — and at least 50 years old.

Her name is Deep Blue, and she’s one of the biggest sharks ever filmed, according to Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, director-general of the nonprofit marine research organization Pelagios-Kakunjá.

Hoyos Padilla posted the above footage of the great white shark, taken off the western coast of Mexico, to his Facebook page on Monday. It’s a follow-up to the first video he shared in June, in which he reaches out to give Deep Blue’s pectoral fin a push:

Though these videos were shared recently, it’s unclear when they were filmed. Hoyos Padilla did not respond to a request for comment.

A shark closely resembling Deep Blue captured the public’s attention during last year’s Shark Week programming on the Discovery Channel, but it hasn’t been confirmed if the two animals are the same.

While Deep Blue’s size may be impressive, that doesn’t necessarily make her more interesting to researchers than smaller great whites, George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, told The Huffington Post.

“Actually, very small [great] whites may be the holy grail as we know very little about their pupping and nursery grounds,” Burgess explained. “That said, tagged large whites make the longest journeys and get the biggest media attention.”

Burgess also added some healthy skepticism to the accuracy of sizing up sharks in the wild.

“Assuming [Deep Blue] was ‘measured’ the same way as the [shark featured during Shark Week], it is at best a rough estimate of length,” he cautioned. “Considering the first one was apparently overestimated, the purported length —> Read More