The infamous and absolutely enormous great white shark known as “Deep Blue” was spotted by divers in Hawaii over the weekend as the white shark was found eating a sperm whale carcass.
The animal is considered to be the largest great white ever documented and was first seen 2,600 miles away at Guadalupe Island off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
Mark Mohler, whom first spotted the shark told For The Win Outdoors, “My first reaction was just disbelief. She followed three tiger sharks in toward the whale carcass, and her sheer size made them look like barracudas.”
To confirm it was actually Deep Blue, Probst compared the shark to photos taken in the Guadalupe Islands. As well, the ID of the shark was confirmed by Micahel Domeier and Nicole Nasby Lucas of the
Marine Conservation Science Institute.
Some ‘BIG’ white shark news out of Hawaii. Deep Blue, who was documented at Guadalupe in 1999 and 2013 and is believed to be one of the largest white sharks ever caught on film, was seen feeding on a sperm whale carcass off Oahu on Sunday. Was able to confirm the ID this morning.— George T. Probst 🦈 (@GeorgeProbst) January 15, 2019Via @GeorgeProbst twitter
While new research has revealed that sharks do traverse the globe, it is rare for white sharks to be found off the coast of Hawaii.
Deep Blue was estimated to measure at least 21 feet when the Discovery Channel featured the shark in 2014 on their channel.
Conservation of white sharks like Deep Blue is extremely as they face threats worldwide in the form of overfishing, bycatch, increased marine traffic and many more.
Numbers have decreased significantly over the years after being hunted by man for fins and teeth, and often as a trophy for sport fishing. The white shark is often caught as bycatch by commercial fisheries and can also become entangled in meshes that protect beaches.