Meet “Deep Blue” The Real Jaws

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Great White sharks are the ocean’s apex predator and this BBS(Big Beautiful Shark) is Deep Blue widely considered the world’s largest great white shark, a 21-foot(7meters) beast that dwarfed cage divers in amazing video footage captured off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Deep Blue has probably lived about 50 years and appears to be pregnant.

You’re gonna need a bigger boat. 🦈

A number of factors influence shark growth and could have contributed to Deep Blue’s unusual size, said Neil Hammerschlag, research assistant professor at the University of Miami. Genetics certainly play a part; some individuals are naturally predisposed to be larger, and great white females are typically bigger than males, the average size of a male great white shark is between 11 and 13 feet, while females are larger, measuring 15 to 16 feet in length.

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Environment and food supply are also important; plenty of nutritious meals would fuel steady growth, as could warmer waters. Great whites inhabit most seas and oceans, and average body size can also vary depending on where the population is found.

Other zealous predators swimming around out there:

Tiger shark ranks No. 2 behind the white shark in the number of reported attacks on humans These large, blunt-nosed predators have a duly earned reputation as man-eaters.  But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.

They are consummate scavengers, with excellent senses of sight and smell and a nearly limitless menu of diet items. They have sharp, highly serrated teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells of sea turtles and clams. The stomach contents of captured tiger sharks have included stingrays, sea snakes, seals, birds, squids, and even license plates and old tires. Tiger sharks are common in tropical and sub-tropical waters throughout the world.

The largest Tiger shark ever caught was just over 18 feet and caught off the coast of Australia.

Great Whites get most of the headlines but Bull Sharks may be the most dangerous shark of them all. It has been recorded in 69 unprovoked attacks on humans but researchers believe the numbers may be higher because of the lack of easily identifiable markings. And unlike most other sharks, it is also known to swim in freshwater. Perhaps the most famous incident which the movie Jaws was based on occurred in 1916 when four people were killed in shark attacks over two weeks – three of the attacks took place in a tidal river called the Matawan Creek.

The Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 were a series of shark attacks along the coast of New Jersey, in the United States, between July 1 and 12, 1916, in which four people were killed and one injured. Since 1916, scholars have debated which shark species was responsible and the number of animals involved, with the great white shark and the bull shark most frequently cited. The incidents occurred during a deadly summer heat wave and polio epidemic in the United States that drove thousands of people to the seaside resorts of the Jersey Shore.

Personal and national reaction to the fatalities involved a wave of panic that led to shark hunts aimed at eradicating the population of “man-eating” sharks and protecting the economies of New Jersey’s seaside communities. Resort towns enclosed their public beaches with steel nets to protect swimmers. Scientific knowledge about sharks before 1916 was based on conjecture and speculation.

Why men love shark week? We think maybe it’ll give us something to talk to people about, which can be hard sometimes.

The Urban Dictionary – Shark Week – The week during which a woman has her period. There will be blood, an uncomfortable sense of tension and a bad-tempered, unpredictable beast.

 

 

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