Five meters long, weighing 1.6 tons: researchers catch gigantic white shark

Gigantic white shark.

SA research team of the non-profit organization Ocearch has caught a giant great white shark in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. The colossus is the largest specimen of its kind ever discovered in the Northwest Atlantic. By taking blood samples, the researchers hope to gain knowledge about the ocean ecosystem.

Researchers capture and tag 5.1816-meter great white shark

OCEARCH is a non-profit organization that has made an unprecedented commitment to our ocean giants.

The OCEARCH science team was able to tag, sample and release the beautiful white shark Nukumi, who will provide more data for 21 collaborative studies. 

The project joins seven other white sharks tagged during the Nova Scotia Expedition, the 39th research expedition in Nova Scotia.

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Researchers off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, have discovered a huge great white shark, more than 17 feet (5.1816 Meter) long and weighing 3,500 pounds (1587.5 kilograms).

On Oct. 2, the Ocearch research team in the Northwest Atlantic captured the giant shark, estimated to be 50 years old, and tagged it before releasing it back into the ocean.

At 17 feet and 2 inches tall and weighing 3,541 pounds, it was the largest shark ever to be tagged, and was dubbed the "Queen of the Ocean," according to expedition leader Chris Fischer.

In an interview Fischer said his team was able to name Nukumi in honor of the legendary wise grandmother figure of the Native American Mi'kmaq people. Nukumi, Fisher says.

The shark has all the scars, wound healing and discoloration to tell the deep and rich story she has been telling for years.

Fisher, who shared the captain's journal on Facebook, said Nukumi (pronounced noo-goo-mee) was about 50 years old and said she may have given birth to her first child as long as 30 years ago.

The research team captured the great white shark off the coast of Nova Scotia on the eastern coast of Canada on a special rig used for research.

Experts collected data through ultrasound, bacterial samples from the teeth, fecal material samples to provide dietary information, blood, muscle and skin samples for medical research according to LadBible.

She is the sixth shark captured by the Ocearch team, which conducted the expedition from Sept. 8 to Oct. 6.

Through their efforts, Ocearch has now tracked nearly 60 sharks in the Northwest Atlantic, suggesting that these sharks are migrating along the East Coast, around Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico.

The research organization has been studying white sharks in the Northwest Atlantic since 2012.