17-Foot Great White Shark Caught Off Nova Scotia, Tagged

KEY POINTS

  • 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. 

“With

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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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