World's Fattest Great White? Massive Shark Tagged By Ocearch

Dustin Wicksell

Ocearch researchers have encountered and tagged a massive great white shark off the East Coast of America, and the first footage of the unusual predator has made its way online.

The white shark was filmed writhing on the elevator platform of the Ocearch ship, as the Daily Mail reports, removed from the water for a tagging session that lasts no longer than 15 minutes. The shark in question is a massive specimen, measuring over four meters long and weighing two tons, meaning that it rivals some of the largest in the Ocearch stable.

Once hoisted out of the water, researchers tag the sharks with satellite transponders, which signal every time the great white's fin breaks the surface. In this manner, scientists are able to document the sharks' migration patterns, in hopes of uncovering further details about the poorly understood species. As shark researcher Brett McBride (who helped to tag the massive great white) observed, scientists know little about the lives and mating habits of white sharks.

"The reason we are tagging the great white shark is because there is almost nothing known about them, we don't know where they breed, we don't know where they give birth, if you don't know where they breed and give birth then how do you protect those sites?"

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[Image: Ocearch via the Daily Mail]