A massive Great White captured off the waters of Southern Australia was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the two largest Great Whites ever to be caught. Even though it is said to have measured a cool 36 feet, this has since been disputed by scientists.
Great Whites (Carcharodon carcharias) are apex predators who have been roaming the oceans for over 11 million years. As per reports, full-grown adults are around14-15 feet in length, and generally, weigh 1,150-1,700 lb. Also, as a result of sexual dimorphism, the female Great Whites tend to be larger than the males. However, stories, most of them unconfirmed, of behemoths exceeding 30 feet in length have been circulating for a long time.
One such is the 36-footer that was caught near Port Fairy in 1870. Today, the jaws of this Great White can be found at the British Museum of Natural History in London.
This is an excerpt of the conclusions arrived upon by scientists who studied them: "The jaws were examined separately by shark experts Dr. Perry Gilbert (Cornell University, New York State) and Dr. John Randall (Bishop Museum, Hawaii), both of whom published their assessments in 1973. After measuring the jaws and teeth, Gilbert estimated the shark was closer to 5 metres (16 ½ feet) and Randall estimated it was around 5.4 metres (17 ½ feet) – approximately half the length originally claimed."
The article goes on to say that the current version of the Guinness Book of Records now offers a more conservative view of great white sharks and there are no records listed for any Great Whites captured.