Incredible video shows ‘world’s toughest’ great white shark covered in scars and bite marks from years of battles
INCREDIBLE video has captured the world’s toughest great white shark covered in scars and bite marks from years of explosive underwater encounters.
The huge predator showed its battle scars while swimming near the Neptune Islands in South Australia.
The area is known to be home to around 1,000 great whites, but it seems this beast is known as the best dog.
The extraordinary clip shows the injured shark with lacerations over every inch of his skin, as he dwarfs the small fish swimming alongside him.
Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman shot the impressive footage during an expedition in January last year.
And he revealed that despite his intimidating appearance, the 11ft male was incredibly “friendly”.
Dean said his team couldn’t be sure what caused the shark’s injuries because no one had encountered such a badly injured shark before.
The animal lover explained that they initially assumed the scars may have been caused by boat propellers.
Another suspicion was that the huge shark had been caught in the area’s tuna pens, but they quickly dismissed both theories.
Dean said of his encounter with the “toughest great white in the world”: “No one has ever seen a shark in such a state before.
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“We sometimes see the white sharks out there stalking the stingrays because they hunt them and eat them and we thought they hunt them in shallow reef areas where it’s quite sharp and it might get stuck and cause that kind of damage.
“You can only speculate what happened there and to be honest no one really knows or ever knows what causes this kind of damage to a shark, but the poor guy had a bit of a hard time. , I think.
“I noticed he had scars on him but didn’t realize how long until I saw the footage later,” he added.
“He was very calm and close and quite curious, which was great.
“He was really friendly, just very calm and not annoyed with anything he went through.
“He got really close, within arm’s reach of me – sometimes when you have a good shark like that, they just want to come and look you in the eye, just get a really good look at who you are.”
National Geographic Explorer Professor Yannis Papastamatiou also weighed in on the matter, suggesting the marks may have been caused during a scuffle with another shark.
The predator behavior expert said: “Females are often heavily marked with mating behavior.
“But males can also be bitten during dominance interactions between sharks, for example a larger shark may want a smaller shark and dominate the smaller individual with a non-lethal warning bite.
“Some of the scars around the face can also be caused by their prey such as seals.”
The Neptune Islands, where the shark was spotted, are well known as a place of great white tourism.
The species can grow up to 20 feet long, seen with Deep Blue the largest great white ever recorded, weighing 2.5 tons.
The gigantic female was last seen swimming dangerously close to a pair of brave divers in Guadalupe, Mexico.
The coasts of Australia, California and South Africa are among the most popular hotspots for great white sharks, but there have been occasions when predators have been spotted in the Mediterranean as well.
Dozens of unsuspecting swimmers have encountered sharks prowling waters around the world this year.
As of August 1, 55 shark attacks have been reported in 2022. Six have been fatal.
But a shark attack survivor who lost his arm and leg turned ocean activist has urged humans to remember that “we are guests in their home”.
GREAT WHITE SHARK FACTS
Great white sharks are typically 4.5m (15ft) long
They are blue-gray in color on the tops of the bodies
Strong bodies and powerful tails help marine mammals swim up to 35 mph
They stay close to the surface of the water, which makes it easier for them to capture their prey
Most of the world’s great white sharks live off South Africa
Their sense of smell is so good that sharks can detect the scent of blood five kilometers away.
Great white sharks have 230 teeth in their mouths, making a single bite fatal