TV Episode Recommendation: World’s Biggest Great White?

One of my dreams is to swim with sharks especially Great White sharks. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but it will probably just play out in my mind how awesome it would be for a while. This episode was part of Shark Week on National Geographic in 2019. The footage of three female Great Whites off the coast of Hawaiian island, Waikiki, was amazing to watch even on the screen and the photos the divers captured were what I’d call crispy clear. The divers/photographers were Kimberly Jeffries, Mark Mohler and Andrew Gray with Dr. Christopher Lowe who spoke of the eating behaviors of sharks among other things. It’s not hard to believe, but there is a pecking order when eating with sharks. After the encounters, they realized one of the sharks was Deep Blue based on her markings. She was around 20 feet or 6.1 meters and about 50 years old. She didn’t move as fast as other sharks due to her size and the divers thinking she was pregnant. People often think the Great White is the most aggressive shark but that belongs to the Bull shark. It reaches 7 to 11.5 feet or 2.1 to 3.5 meters and weighs 200 to 500 pounds or 91 to 225 kilograms and unlike most other sharks, they don’t mind freshwater and live in highly populated areas. Therefore, the chance for increased attacks on humans but all in all the chances of getting bitten or killed by a shark is 1 in 3.75 million chance. Putting this in perspective, you have around a 1 in 3.02 million chance of winning the Mega Millions and 1 in 2.93 chance of winning the Powerball jackpot. You basically have a better chance of having an extra finger or toe which is around 1 in 1,000 so there you go.

Now that you watched the short video of Deep Blue, here are the five largest living and prehistoric sharks ever to swim in the oceans.

LIVING SHARKS

  1. Tiger shark can get up to 16.5 feet or 5 meters and weighs between 850 to 1,400 pounds or 353 to 635 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, jellyfish, marine mammals, turtles, sea snakes, and other sharks.
  2. Pacific Sleeper shark can get up to 23 feet or 7 meters and weighs between 700 to 1900 pounds or 317 to 861 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, and squid.
  3. Great White shark can get up to 20 feet or 6.1 meters and weighs around 5,000 pounds or 2,267 kilograms. It feeds on fish, marine mammals, and seabirds.
  4. Basking shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 35,838 pounds or 16,256 kilograms. It feeds on plankton.
  5. Whale shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 41,000 pounds or 18,597 kilograms. It feeds on plankton and small fish.

PREHISTORIC SHARKS

  1. Cretoxyrhina or Ginsu shark could get up to 24 feet or 7.3 meters. They had long sharp teeth and ate fish, marine animals, and dinosaurs.
  2. Pychodus shark could get up to 33 feet or 10 meters. Their teeth were flat and ate mollusks and shellfish.
  3. Otodus shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. They also had sharp teeth and ate mainly whales.
  4. Helicoprion shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. Their teeth were coiled in order crush prey easily.
  5. Megalodon shark could get up to 59 feet or 17.9 meters. Their long teeth ate whales and their bite force was projected to be 40,000 psi. Putting this into perspective the Nile crocodile has a bite force of 5,000 psi and the Tyrannosaurus Rex had a projected bite of 10,000 psi.

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