PHOTOS: Great White Sharks Devouring Humpback Whale Show How Gigantic They Are

by Madison Miller

There is more than 80% of our oceans that remain unmapped, unexplored, unobserved, and overall, unknown. We have a lot left to learn and discover. There could be even larger unknown creatures and beasts lurking in some of the deepest parts of our oceans.

While there is a lot of unknown, what we do know is our oceans are pretty gruesome as it is.

Great White Shark Eating Humpback Whale

A recent video of a great white shark devouring a massive humpback whale is enough proof that nature is pretty metal after all. The humpback whale was already deceased when the photo was taken. It’s unclear if the shark found the whale or an epic battle took place between the two massive ocean creatures.

In these photos, the shark is swimming next to the dead humpback whale. It takes up maybe about a third of the whale’s total body length.

Regardless, it gives some pretty alarming context as to just how large a great white shark is. While movies like “The Meg” and “Jaws” have done a rather terrifying job of vilifying the creature, it’s hard to put into perspective just how large some of these sharks can be.

Size Comparisons

Humpback whales, for reference, are one of the largest animals to exist on Earth. They can grow over 50 feet in length and weigh about 40 tons.

The great white shark, on the other hand, is the largest of all the shark species known. Most people, I guess luckily, will never encounter one of these beasts face to face, meaning it’s hard to gauge size. For reference, these sharks will grow up to 20 feet in length. The average female is about 15 to 16 feet long and the average male is about 11 to 13 feet long. While 20 feet is possible, most tend to be smaller than that.

To try to understand the size of a great white, pictures and comparisons seem to be the only way to go. Unless you have connections to scuba divers with shark tanks. Most cars in the U.S. are about 14.7 feet. This is close to the length of a great white shark. Even then, these sharks can be several feet longer.

Luckily for humans, the Giant Megatooth is extinct. According to the Smithsonian Institute, these sharks were about the size of an adult person — if you multiply that ten times. If that’s hard to visualize, picture a railroad car. They were about that size and weight.

More Recent Shark Bites

Great white sharks do not consider humans prey, but a wrong place wrong time scenario (and possibly looking like a seal) often puts some people in danger. According to USA Today, 2020 was actually the deadliest year for shark bites since 2013. It was considered an “unusually deadly year.”

The most recent person attacked was a surfer in his 30s that was in the water near Bodega Bay in California. The Mercury News reported that the man was bit in his leg but is expected to survive the incident. Other surfers applied a tourniquet, which helped reduce bleeding and saved the man’s life.