For those who consider themselves shark-enthusiasts, Mexico’s Guadalupe Island is the ideal destination as it allows unique moments of shark-spotting. It’s precisely here that Mauricio Hoyos Padilla had his unique shark moment: a stunning high-five with Deep Blue, the 20-foot-long great white.
“We may need a bigger boat,” one of the shark experts who witnessed the unique moment said. The encounter occurred off the coast of Guadalupe Island, as a team of researchers attempted (and succeeded in) placing a geotag on Deep Blue.
The first video footage of Deep Blue was released during a Discovery Channel documentary, however on Thursday, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla discovered that he had filmed more precious moments, among which a noteworthy high five with the seemingly untroubled Deep Blue.
This massive great white shark is believed to be one of the largest ever representatives to be caught on film. She measures over 20 feet in length and is believed to be at least 50 years old.
In the video, Deep Blue is seen quietly swimming around the roofless diver’s cage in which Mauricio was having the time of his life. As the gigantic shark changes direction, Mauricio fearlessly exists the cage and attempts the high-five captured on film.
Apart from the sheer size that Deep Blue impressed us with, at the time of the footage, the great white was also heavily pregnant and covered in scars. According to experts, the numerous scars, including a large hole on Deep Blue’s right trunk and vertical slashes on her flank and dorsal fin may stem from injuries sustained during mating or because of fighting.
Deep Blue did not seem aggressive and swam calmly around Padilla.
Since posting the video on Facebook earlier this week, Mauricio gathered well over 3 million views and over 42,000 shares of his defiant decision to high five Deep Blue.
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