The Deep Blue, dubbed the queen of the ocean, is the largest great white shark ever caught on camera by marine biologists and scientists. Even though this Great White was known to roam the seas since the 90s, it was not until 2013 that pictures and footage of the shark emerged.
Marine biologist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla was not only able to capture Deep Blue on camera but also give the Great White a high five while working for Discovery's "Shark Week, near Guadalupe Island in 2013. In another jaw-dropping encounter freediver and shark conservationist, Ocean Ramsey created waves when she fearlessly swam underwater with Deep Blue in 2019. This is what she had to say about sharks: "In 99.9 percent of the time, sharks cruise gracefully around. As long as I keep looking around, pay attention constantly and quietly, and respect and pay attention to the more dominant individuals and challenging juveniles constantly. I am treated as more or less an equal predator."
A female shark, Deep Blue is 20 feet long, 8 feet high, and weighs a hefty 2.5 tons. Researchers estimate her age to be around fifty years. She is described as follows: "Deep Blue has several crenulations between her white belly and grey back side, multiple pigmentation patterns across the gills, and unique fingerprints on the pelvic and caudal fins."
Some attribute her size to pregnancy but the absence of a pregnancy test makes it difficult to ascertain whether this is true. Sharks have long pregnancies with gestation periods ranging from 11 to 18 months and are known to approach the coastlines when it's time to give birth.