She’s estimated to be around 20 feet long, as wide as a small elephant — which likely indicates pregnancy — and at least 50 years old.
While Deep Blue’s size may be impressive, that doesn’t necessarily make her more interesting to researchers than smaller great whites, George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, told The Huffington Post.
“Actually, very small [great] whites may be the holy grail as we know very little about their pupping and nursery grounds,” Burgess explained. “That said, tagged large whites make the longest journeys and get the biggest media attention.”
Burgess also added some healthy skepticism to the accuracy of sizing up sharks in the wild.
“Assuming [Deep Blue] was ‘measured’ the same way as the [shark featured during Shark Week], it is at best a rough estimate of length,” he cautioned. “Considering the first one was apparently overestimated, the purported length of the second must be considered suspect.”
For more on Deep Blue, including the various conservation efforts undertaken in the Mexican Pacific and the threats sharks face in the area, click through Hoyos Padilla’s slideshow, below:
source: huffingtonpost.com by Ryan Grenoble