A team of researchers in Canada has tagged a great white shark measuring more than 17 feet in length. Dubbed "Queen of the Ocean", the shark was discovered by a team from non-profit organisation Ocearch in Nova Scotia, Canada, on Friday, reports The Mirror.
At 17 feet 2 inches long, she is the largest shark that the organisation has ever tagged."She is a very old creature, a proper queen of the ocean and a matriarch. She has all the scars, healed wounds and discolourations that tell a deep, rich story of her life going back years," Ocearch expedition leader Chris Fischer was quoted as saying by Yahoo News.
The group named the shark "Nukumi" (pronounced noo-goo-mee) after the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi'kmaq people. Nukumi weighs a whopping 3,541 pounds - which is slightly over 1,600 kilograms.
"Meet 3,541 pound mature female white shark Nukumi. We named her 'Nukumi', pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi'kmaq people. A culture that has deep roots in Canadian Maritime provinces (particularly Nova Scotia)," Ocearch wrote on Facebook.
The group also shared a video of the shark - and their posts have gone viral on the social media platform.