Incredible moment 17ft shark dubbed ‘Queen of Ocean’ and weighing 250st caught

A shark weighing more than 250st (3,500lbs) was dubbed "Queen of the Ocean" after it was finally caught.

A team at Ocearch, which tags and tracks sharks around the world, set off for the north Atlantic where the beast called home and was finally able to ensnare her off the coast of Nova Scotia, eastern Canada, on October 2, 2020.

The great white was the biggest shark the non-profit organisation had tagged with a diameter of 17ft 2in.

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Chris Fischer, who led the expedition, told McClatchy News the shark was more than 50 years old and had lived a "rich life".

He said: "She is a very old creature, a proper Queen of the Ocean and a matriarch.

"She has all the scars, healed wounds and discolourations that tell a deep, rich story of her life going back years.

"You feel different when you’re standing beside a shark of that size compared to the ones in the 2,000-pound range.

"It’s an emotional, humbling experience that can make you feel small.

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"You feel insignificant standing next to such an ancient animal.”

Facebook later revealed the shark had been named Nukumi, pronounced noo-goo-mee, reportedly in honour of a "legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people".

Fischer added that it seemed this ocean matriarch had had no problem getting the food she needed while swimming around the Atlantic.

Mr Fischer said: "She was full of multiple seals and was round and robust.

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The team also fitted the shark with three tags, including one to record how deep she goes in the water and another to track her movements until 2025.

"She had a lot of scratches on her face from seals that were fighting with their claws when she was eating them," he added.

The team collected data from Nukumi for 21 different research projects – they gave her an ultrasound, took bacteria samples from her teeth and even sued fecal samples to learn more about her diet.

Ocearch also took blood, muscle and skin samples.


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