A massive great white shark spotted near Mexico is making Jaws look more like a guppy. Video footage of the Pacific Ocean behemoth reportedly showed an enormous female great white dubbed “Deep Blue,” believed to be the biggest great white known to man. The animal measured roughly 20 feet in length and was estimated to be around 50 years old, according to GrindTV.
Deep Blue was featured in a 2014 Discovery network documentary in which researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla tagged the shark. The fresh footage, released this week via Facebook, shows Padilla reaching out and touching the great white on its fin. A caption accompanying the Facebook video read: “I give you the biggest white shark ever seen in front of the cages in Guadalupe Island…DEEP BLUE!!!”
The video was recorded off the coast of Guadalupe Island, a volcanic island that sits roughly 150 miles west of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The island is home to dozens of adult great white sharks, but none compare to Deep Blue when it comes to sheer size. Guadalupe is considered one of the premiere diving spots in the world for viewing great whites, in part because the waters surrounding the island are teeming with seals.
The island isn’t off limits to experienced scuba divers, who can pay to cage dive with the great whites. “The submersible cage allows us to descend a little further into the realm of the great white shark,” a description on the Solmar V’s website read. Solmar V operates out of Ensenada, Mexico, and leads visitors to Guadalupe Island for the dive. “Although the submersible cage lowers to only 30' below the surface of the water, it provides a completely different perspective to your great white shark diving experience,” the group said. Visibility is said to be more than 100 feet.
Video of the massive shark was uploaded to YouTube and was viewed 800,000 times within the first 20 hours. Watch a diver try "high five" Deep Blue as she passes by his cage.