A team of researchers caught a massive 17-foot great white shark, weighing a whopping 3,541 pounds (1,600 kilograms), off the coast of Nova Scotia, eastern Canada on October 2.
The shark, which has been dubbed ‘Queen of the Ocean’, was caught by an Ocearch research team led by Chris Fischer in the northwest Atlantic said reports.
In an interview with McClatchy News, Fisher called the catch ‘Queen of the Ocean’ and said she was a very old creature.
“She is a very old creature, a proper Queen of the Ocean and a matriarch. She has all the scars, healed wounds, and discolorations that tell a deep, rich story of her life going back years. You feel different when you’re standing beside a shark of that size compared to the ones in the 2,000-pound range,” he said.
Ocearch shared a picture of the monster shark on their official Facebook page. It has now received over 5,300 reactions and 1,100 shares.
The post reveals the team of researchers named the shark ‘Nukumi’ in honour of the ‘legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people.’
“Nukumi is the sixth #greatwhiteshark sampled during #ExpeditionNovaScotia At 17 feet 2 inches long, she is the largest #shark we have sampled in the Northwest Atlantic #whiteshark study to date. She will help our collaborating science team with 21 research projects,” the post read.
After the shark was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, experts collected data for 21 researchers through an ultrasound and bacteria samples of her teeth. They also collected blood, muscle, skin samples, and fecal samples in order to provide more information about her diet.
“She will continue to help balance fish stocks in the surrounding waters, and we look forward to learning more from this wise guardian of our ocean’s eco-system,” Ocearch wrote on Facebook.
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