Legendary Great White Shark Was Just A Teenager When Killed, New Research Reveals

Dustin Wicksell

New research has shown that a massive, legendary great white shark caught off Prince Edward Island, one of the largest ever recorded, was just a teenager at the time of its death, proving that the animal had much more room to grow had it lived to mature.

The shark in question was a female great white, caught in 1983. As CBC News reports, the shark was an astonishing 5.3-meters-long, a massive size that led to the predator's recent ranking at number two among the Discovery Channel's top five legendary sharks. Surprisingly, however, new research into the life cycle of great whites has revealed that the Prince Edward shark was far from fully grown when it died.

— CBC Tech and Science (@CBCTechSci) March 9, 2015

— Lydia Shark (@RockStarLydia) March 8, 2015

"It's a teenager in shark years. If it would have lived longer it would have gotten a lot bigger. It was a female at 5.3 meters long. It was a big shark. But it still had a lot of growing to do."

[Image: Canadian Shark Research Laboratory via CBC News]