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Great Whites Off Baja Coast

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A huge Great White shark has been caught on video by a team of researchers in Mexican Pacific waters .

According to Mauricio Hoyos Padilla , marine biologist and shark specialist , this is the largest White shark seen from the cages in Guadalupe Island.

The shark is a female measuring over 6 meters long and is known to researchers as “Deep Blue”.

Guadalupe Island  is located 241 kilometers off the coast of Baja California and is to the north of Los Cabos.

In the recording, "Deep Blue" passes a diver in a shark cage allowing the size and scale of the fish to be appreciated.

Great Whites feed on fish, dolphins and most famously sea lions so it should come as no surprise that they are found in the prolific waters of the Eastern Pacific.

The capture a few years back of a gigantic Great White shark in Mexico's Sea of Cortez was major news because of the size of the predator --nearly 20 feet long and weighing at least 2,000 pounds -- but also because catches of adult White sharks in the gulf are considered rare.

Pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) have been used to study the migration patterns and habitat preference of 56 White sharks tagged off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, between 2000 and 2008.

Nine tags were recovered and two individual sharks were tagged in consecutive years, providing 2 yr of tracking data for each individual. The sharks were found to make long-range, seasonal migrations from Guadalupe Island to an offshore pelagic habitat, sometimes traveling as far west as the Hawaiian Islands. The pelagic region inhabited by Guadalupe Island Great White sharks corresponds with that reported for sharks tagged off central California.

All sharks are under extreme threat from the shark fin industry – a particularly cruel and wasteful fishery where the fins are cut from the still living animals which are then thrown back into the sea, all to serve the Far East’s love of shark fin soup. If you’ve ever eaten it, you will wonder why we are wiping out a species for something with the consistency and flavor of wallpaper paste.

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