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.”
Tagging Nukumi, one of the largest great white sharks ever seen, was the crowning achievement of Ocearch’s month-long trip off
The great white shark weighed 3,541 pounds and measured 17 feet 2 inches in length
It was named Nukumi by OCEARCH, a non-profit research organization
She was the largest shark discovered in the Northwest Atlantic under the team’s project called Expedition Nova Scotia
A great white shark weighing 3,541 pounds and stretching 17 feet 2 inches in length was found by researchers in the waters off Nova Scotia, Canada.
Due to its massive size, the female white shark was described as “Queen of the Ocean” by researchers from OCEARCH, a non-profit marine research organization.
“We named her Nukumi, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people,” OCEARCH said in a Facebook post. The post said the Native American Mi’kmaq people have deep roots in Canadian Maritime provinces.
Moving forward, Nukumi will help OCEARCH with its relevant studies on marine species.
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.
According to a new study, the megatooth shark Otodus megalodon was the largest shark to ever swim in our planet’s oceans. O. megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago. The exact cause of its extinction is still debated, likely a combination of environmental change and competition with smaller shark species played a role.
Despite its fame in pop-culture, surprisingly little is known about the life-appearance of the megalodon. Sharks have a cartilaginous skeleton that will quickly decay after death. Only their hard teeth survive the fossilization process.
A snorkeler has suffered a severe shoulder injury after being “attacked almost immediately” by a shark when he entered the waters near a lighthouse in the Florida Keys, police say.
The victim, Andrew Charles Eddy of Atlanta, was airlifted to a medical facility in Miami Sunday morning following the incident at Sombrero Key Light outside of Marathon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says.
“This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together – including those witnesses on the boat to 911 communicators to all our emergency responders – in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement.
A bull shark swims through deep water off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says boaters spotted one of these sharks in the waters where the attack in the Florida Keys happened this weekend. (iStock)