As if great white sharks aren’t massive enough as it is, researchers spotted a particularly chunky one of these ocean predators that left them stunned.
When it comes to the sizes of these sharks, the female sharks are the largest. The male sharks average about 11 to 13 feet in length while the female sharks are 15 to 16 feet in length. The females can weigh 5,000 or more pounds as well, according to Smithsonian Institute.
These great white sharks can reach up to 20 feet long in some circumstances. Essentially, if you imagine an adult tripled in size, that is about the length of one of these massive creatures.
Recently, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy located in the Cape Cod area reflected on a massive great white shark they spotted. It was a male shark but was extraordinarily larger than usual. Especially in the stomach area. You can see in the photo the stomach is dramatically dipping toward the ocean floor.
Researchers determined that the shark was packing on some extra weight because it had likely just eaten a large meal.
“There are some sharks that make our data team stop and take a double-take. One of our data team members was analyzing GoPro footage, they came across this very chunky, male, white shark,” the organization wrote on Facebook regarding the situation.
As for what’s in that tummy, there’s a lot of possibilities. For the most part, great white sharks enjoy seals or other similar creatures. However, they will also feed on whale carcasses if they come across one.
One Facebook commenter was absolutely stunned by the size of the shark’s stomach. They couldn’t believe just how much it had grown and commented, “Looks like he ate a 5th grader!”
Another Stunning Great White Shark
Yet another great white shark also stunned researchers this week, but for different reasons.
According to the New York Post, a very battered-looking shark covered in scars and old bite marks was spotted. It was years worth of altercations painting a picture on the surface of the ocean predator.
The resilient shark was spotted in the Neptune Islands in South Australia, which is home to over 1,000 great white sharks. That may explain some of the scars, but most have left researchers stunned.
The footage of the shark was captured by underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman in January. He said, “No one has ever seen a shark in a condition like this before.”
They ruled out certain causes of injuries like boat propellers or getting caught in tuna pens. Some of the scarring can come from a fight with another shark. It may also be from different aggressive mating behaviors or even from seals as they go to eat them.
Whatever the scarring is from hasn’t seemed to impact the shark much. Spraakman said the shark was “friendly,” apparently.