GEEKERY: Largest Great White Ever Caught on Film

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Warning: If large, predatory fish with razor sharp teeth freak you out … skip this post, and go buy a bigger boat.

New footage of a female great white – taken off Guadalupe Island in the Pacific by Mauricio Hoyos Padilla (of Shark Week fame) – was released Thursday. The shark, nicknamed Deep Blue, is a monster at nearly 20 feet long and an estimated 5,000-pounds; she’s believed to be the largest great white ever caught on film.

… and Padilla was insane enough to hang outside the cage while she cruised by and did something really scary with her mouth. It’s slightly terrifying.

If you need more visual confirmation of how big she is… here’s an upright human comparison. Again – out side of the cage like a looney.


Sharks, and other apex predators, are a really important part of the ocean’s ecosystem, and their presence can be used as an indicator. No matter how much terror the sight of her may strike in some of our hearts (like mine), it’s great that she exists. It’s likely that a shark of her age has had over 200 pups over the years.

“When I saw Deep Blue for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: Hope. Deep Blue has been spared from longlines and the inherent dangers of being in the wild, and somehow she has found her way in the vast ocean.” – Mauricio Hoyos Padilla

The greatest threat to sharks is us – through purposeful fishing for fins, unintentional bycatching, or habitat destruction. If you want to help continue the conservation efforts Padilla’s Pelagios Kakunjá foundation takes donations, as does Shark Savers.

I’m not about to go swimming with them any time soon, though. I’m not Mick Fanning. No way, no sir, no how.


Deep Blue: terrifying, beautiful, really honking huge… how would you describer her?


  • Alienerd

    So in a parallel universe there are sharks in a cage in the middle of a city filming Andre the giant for the first time.

    • LordRao

      Well, Andre the Giant died prematurely because he was so large, while these great whites only get so large if they live exceptionally long. And they would probably snack Andre the Giant.

      • Actually sharks hate the taste of humans, which is why most people only lose limbs to sharks. They essentially spit out our legs or arms once they realize we’re not seals.

        • BeneathALeadMountain

          Maybe if we could get seals to smoke, drink and eat crap the sharks would lose the taste for them?

    • euansmith

      Fezzik: I only dog paddle.

  • Jonathan B.

    Now all we need is a tornado…

    • Mind if I throw a giant octopus or a crocosaurus into that mix?

      • cuda1179

        I’m personally waiting for Sharktopus vs Pirahnaconda.

        • I’d watch that.

        • euansmith

          Sy-Fi Channel Announcer, “Sharkvirus: its in your blood! Its based on SCIENCE because your blood is salty water!”

  • kobalt60

    Nice to see some sharks are escaping our efforts to wipe them out and living long enough to grow that large. However, the really interesting question is, what does Deep Blue think of AoS, and will she be re-basing her models?

    • Sputnikwriter

      She’ll be coming up Tom Kirby’s plughole.

    • An_Enemy

      Pretty she plays Khorne.

    • Pretty sure she switched to Kings of War

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  • PinkyandtheBrain

    Well it is not the biggest on film. When I was younger I watched a documentary where they filmed a 25 foot shark. It was a real dangerous one and kept trying to eat Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss. I believe Robert Shaw died whilst making it. It was quite popular at the time.

  • euansmith

    How do they know she was called “Deep Blue”? Can sharks talk? Do they have colour vision?

    • Spacefrisian

      Yes they talk, didnt you see the translation on those pics a vew post up?

    • jeff white

      they play chess very well

  • Spacefrisian

    Oh tiny sharkie, i remember when i saw your bigger cousin name Megalodon.

    • euansmith

      Megalodon? Blimey, you are older than I thought!

      • Spacefrisian

        Nah iam a Timelord, i have a Tardis.

  • Incredible.