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First Footage Emerges of 16.5ft Great White Shark in Spanish Waters

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First Footage Emerges of 16.5ft Great White Shark in Spanish Waters

Just a week ago, on June 28 a natural beauty was captured on footage, spotted off of the coast of Majorca.

The footage was recently published and went viral, showing how incredibly massive this sea predator is. It is the length of 16.5 feet, or roughly 5 meters. The footage was shot by a conservation group called Alnitak, not very far from the national park of Cabrera Archipelago in the Spanish Balearic Islands.

For the first time in what they say is 30 years, it has been confirmed that this type of huge shark is still present in Spanish waters. I guess they weren’t certain that the species was still alive.

On Facebook, the conservationist people reinvigorating others’ appreciation for life said:

“Historical sighting of white shark in balearic waters!

This morning on Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 10am, the scientific expedition Alnitak […] have located and documented 8 miles from Cabrera Island for 70 minutes the presence of a white shark (Carcharodon Carcharias) of 5 meters in length in waters close to the national park of Cabrera Archipelago in the balearic islands, Spain.

In recent years there were possible unconfirmed sightings and various rumours, but this is the first scientific observation of the presence of carcharodon in Spanish waters for at least 30 years.

On this occasion, this historic sighting has been photographed, filmed and contemplated by a crew of 10 people from five countries. (Translated)”

The people who spotted the shark noted that large white sharks having an actual presence in Spanish waters was just a rumor until this was observed. This was said by a biologist named Fernando López-peepers, who went on the expedition with another biologist named Ricardo Sagarminaga Van Buiten.

They noted that for years it was impossible to document the presence of the massive white sharks, but the rumors were persistent.

López-peepers said:

“The presence of large white sharks in Spanish waters was a constant rumor, as well as historical evidence ratified by photographs and toponymy across the Costa, levantina and Catalan Coast.

For many years, however, it had not been possible to document how this morning was done on board the töftevaag. [sic]”

According to the man’s post, about 8 miles from the Spanish Cabrera Island was where the great white shark was observed. For about 70 minutes, the 16.5 foot bolted through waters “close to the national park of Cabrera Archipelago in the Balearic Islands (Spain).”

It is believed that great white sharks are what is known as the “apex predator” of the ocean, the very top of the food chain. While dolphins for instance may be the most intelligent known creatures to roam the sea, great white sharks may be the most predatory and capable of defeating any enemy.

Guess what? Great whites stay alive for an estimated 70 years, which is much longer than anybody could have thought. This was observed in a 2014 study, and it means that great white sharks are one of the longest living cartilaginous fish currently known on planet Earth.

The great white shark can really be found in the coastal surface waters of every single one of the major oceans on Earth.

Larger female great white sharks can reach up to 6 meters in length, or 20 feet. It can take up to 26 years for a great white shark to reach sexual maturity and procreate, while it make take about 33 years for a female great white to be capable of producing offspring.

The great white shark sure is an incredible phenomena of life on Earth. People want to know if aliens exist, but what if life on Earth is more interesting than any alien we can possibly imagine?

 

(Image credit: earthsky, projectavalon, biganimals, unilad)

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Mark Radcliff is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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