Video may reveal biggest great white shark ever caught on camera
New video on the web shows a pregnant, 20-foot-long great white shark that may be the largest of its kind ever caught on camera.
Marine biologists estimate the shark, nicknamed "Deep Blue", to be about 50 years old. She was originally discovered near Guadalupe Island by shark researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in 2013.
The newly posted video was captured during the 2013, but Padilla has not said why he waited until just a few days ago to post the amazing footage to the internet.
The video, available to be viewed below, shows the massive shark as she circles the cages of researchers in the ocean off the Mexican Coat. One diver is even swimming outside the bars, getting a true close encounter with Deep Blue.
The clip was posted to Padilla's Facebook page on Aug. 10 and has received over 1.6 million views since it went live earlier this week.
"When I saw Deep Blue for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: Hope," Padilla wrote on his SlideShare page. "A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working. Deep Blue has been spared from longlines and the inherent dangers of being in the wild, and somehow she has found her way in the vast ocean."
Padilla notes that pregnant sharks come close to the ocean's shore in order to give birth to their pups in shallow waters.
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