Researchers from OCEARCH discovered the monster great white in the Northwest Atlantic, near Nova Scotia, and estimate she is over 50-years-old, leaving them feeling “insignificant”
A huge 17ft great white shark, weighing over 3,500lbs and having lived more than half a century, has been pulled from the ocean by researchers.
Dubbed the “Queen of the Ocean”, the monster fish was discovered by a team from non-profit OCEARCH in the Northwest Atlantic, near Nova Scotia, east Canada, on Friday.
Chairman Chris Fischer, who led the expedition, said it is the largest creature the organisation has tagged, which aids in the research of the habits and practices of marine life.
The shark weighed 3,541 pounds and measured 17ft 2ins in diameter, which left the expert feeling “insignificant”, reports the Daily Star.
Mr Fischer told McClatchy News: “She is a very old creature, a proper Queen of the Ocean and a matriarch.
“She has all the scars, healed wounds and discolouration’s 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.
“It’s an emotional, humbling experience that can make you feel small.
“You feel insignificant standing next to such an ancient animal,” he added.
According to a Facebook post, researchers named the shark Nukumi, in honour of a “legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people”.
Mr Fischer said: “She was full of multiple seals and was round and robust.
“She had a lot of scratches on her face from seals that were fighting with their claws when she was eating them.”
Nukumi’s data has been collected for 21 research projects, including an ultra sound, bacteria samples off her teeth and fecal samples to learn her diet.
Blood, muscle and skin samples were also taken for research about the species.
The shark was fitted with three tags, including one to record how deep she goes and another that will track her movements for the next five years.
This time last year, Mr Fischer had been part of an expedition which tagged a 13-foot male great white, also off the coast of Nova Scotia, reports the Daily Mail.
The beast, which researchers named Vimy – appeared to have suffered bite marks which they believed could have been the result of violent love-making with a much larger female.
At that time, crews had spotted a 17-foot shark in the same vicinity but it escaped un-tagged.