Dr. Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, a shark researcher from Mexico released on Facebook a video of him going partially out of a shark cage to touch a massive great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in the Gulf of Mexico.
Padilla, who was part of a group of scientists that worked on a Discovery Channel documentary in 2013, was near Guadalupe Island when he encountered what he described as the biggest white shark he’s ever seen.
The shark is indeed massive both in length and in girth, and if you look closely, you can see some of the battle scars that the shark has taken on over the years.
The video has been shared thousands of times and has generated close to a million views.
Great white sharks are considered vulnerable by the IUCN and is listed in Appendix II of CITES. Not a whole lot is known about their reproduction cycle, though it is said that it takes a female about 33 years to reach sexual maturity, so they are generally considered a long lived animal. Age estimates on the shark that was captured with Padilla put it at around 50 years.