‘Biggest ever’ great white shark weighing two tonnes snapped on prowl near diver

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Incredible new photos reveal the sheer scale of Deep Blue, a Great White Shark that’s believe to be the largest Great White in existence.

Estimated to be around 20ft in length and weighing over two tonnes, Deep Blue is thought to be over fifty years old.

The giant shark was first spotted in the waters off Mexico by researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla. She has also been sighted by marine biologists near Hawaii.

Video footage shot for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week seem to show Deep Blue behaving calmly near human drivers, and apparently uninterested in dolphins too.

Marine biologist Ocean Ramsey filmed herself swimming side by side with the mighty ocean predator while holding one of her fins. Its thought that Deep Blue didn’t attack because she had recently fed.

"I waited quietly, patiently, observing as she swam up to the dead sperm whale carcass and then slowly to me passing close enough I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass," she said.

Ramsey's video sparked criticism from some shark experts. Marine biologist David Shiffman called Ramsey’s actions irresponsible, saying that the shark should not be interfered with.

He wrote: “This photo that you’re all sharing is wildlife harassment from a serial wildlife harasser.

“There is absolutely no reason for this person to grab and attempt to ride a free-swimming animal. It doesn’t show that sharks aren’t dangerous, it shows that some humans make bad choices”.

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Adding that Deep Blue’s rounded belly might be a clue that she was pregnant shark researcher Michael Domeier said: ”Harassing a pregnant white shark while she is trying to feed could cause her to leave the meal … impacting her ability to successfully carry her pups to term or reproduce the next cycle.

He added that pregnant Great Whites spend almost their entire 18-month gestation period in deep offshore waters where food is "very, very scarce”.

Ms Ramsey said she knew some people would criticise her, "but what some don't realise is that sometimes sharks seek touch”.

She added: "I wish more people would have a connection with sharks and the natural world, because then they would understand that it's not petting sharks or pushing them off to maintain a respectable space that is hurting sharks … it's the wasteful and cruel practice of grabbing and catching sharks to cut off their fins."

Apart from her chubby frame, Deep Blue is instantly recognisable due to a distinctive scar over the right side of her body.

In addition, shark photographer George Probst said that every shark's pigmentation is unique to the individual, saying "That’s as unique to a white shark as our fingerprints are"

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