3,500-pound great white shark dubbed “Queen of the Ocean” spotted off North America’s coast

A 3,500 pound great white shark dubbed Nukumi — meaning “Queen of the Ocean” — has been spotted off the coast of Nova Scotia. The massive 50-year-old shark was tagged and released by Ocearch, a research and exploring team that hopes its latest trip out to sea provides new clues to unravel the mysteries of great whites.

“When you see these big females like that that have scars from decades over their lives and multiple mating cycles, you can really kinda see the story of their life unfolding across all the blotches and healed wounds on their body,” team leader Chris Fischer told CBS News’ Jeff Glor. “It really hits you differently thank you would think.”   

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A 50-year-old, 3,500-pound shark nicknamed Nukumi, meaning “Queen of the Ocean.”

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Tagging Nukumi, one of the largest great white sharks ever seen, was the crowning achievement of Ocearch’s month-long trip off

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Huge ‘queen of the ocean’ great white shark tagged offshore of Nova Scotia

Huge 'queen of the ocean' great white shark tagged offshore of Nova Scotia
Huge ‘queen of the ocean’ great white shark tagged offshore of Nova Scotia

OCEARCH is a non-profit organization that focuses on the research of the “ocean’s giants”. The team has just discovered an approximately 50-year-old great white shark off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Using the hashtag #FactsOverFear, the company shares important data discovered by their research. Nukumi’s story is an example of how their work goes beyond the data.

On Saturday, OCEARCH shared that “We named her ‘Nukumi’, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people.”

Nukumi is 1,606 kilograms and almost 5.25 metres long. OCEARCH shared a video of the extrodinary tagging process:

Embedded content: https://www.facebook.com/OCEARCH/videos/965072050628797/

The team tracks the sharks to learn about their migration patterns and uncover overall new shark-related information.

Chris Fischer, founding chairman and expedition leader, shared that he was “awestruck” when he was next to Nukumi.

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Researchers find ‘Queen of the Ocean’ ancient great white shark off Nova Scotia coast

Researchers off the coast of Nova Scotia found a nearly 2-ton great white shark believed to be roughly 50 years old, dubbing her a true “Queen of the Ocean.”

Coming in at more than 17 feet long and 3,541 pounds, she is the largest shark the group has been able to sample in the Northwest Atlantic, according to a Friday Facebook post by OCEARCH, a non-profit marine research organization. She’s been named Nukumi for “the legendary wise old grandmother figure” of the Indigenous Mi’kmaq people, a First Nations group native to that region of Canada.

Chris Fischer, the OCEARCH expedition leader, called Nukumi a “proper Queen of the Ocean” in a video log posted Saturday.

“She’s probably 50-years-old and certainly her first litters of pups she would have been having 30 years ago are also making babies, really humbling to stand next to a large animal like that,” Fischer said.

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Queen stresses need for trusted news sources during Covid crisis

The Queen has issued a message of support to the British newspaper industry, praising traditional media outlets.

The monarch said that “having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital”.



Elizabeth II wearing a pink hat: Photograph: John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images


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Photograph: John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images


In a letter to the News Media Association, the industry organisation that represents all major national and local newspaper publishers, the Queen said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated what an important public service the established news media provides, both nationally and regionally.

“The efforts of the news media to support communities throughout the United Kingdom during the pandemic have been invaluable – whether through fundraising, encouraging volunteering, or providing a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable to the outside world.”

The statement was issued to coincide with the launch of the News Media Association’s Journalism Matters

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