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A monster 17ft great white shark weighing over 3,500lbs has been dubbed the "Queen of the Ocean".
The giant shark was caught by an OCEARCH research team in the Northwest Atlantic just off Nova Scotia, a province in eastern Canada, on Friday October 2.
Chris Fischer, who led the expedition, told McClatchy News the shark was more than 50-years old and weighed an astounding 3,541 pounds.
It is the biggest shark the nonprofit has tagged. They measured the creature at a whopping 17ft 2ins in diameter.
Mr Fischer called the giant shark a "proper Queen of the Ocean" and a "matriarch" who has lived a "rich life" going back "years."
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He told McClatchy News: "She is a very old creature, a proper Queen of the Ocean and a matriarch.
"She has all the scars, healed wounds and discolouration's that tell a deep, rich story of her life going back years.
"You feel different when you’re standing beside a shark of that size compared to the ones in the 2,000-pound range.
"It’s an emotional, humbling experience that can make you feel small.
"You feel insignificant standing next to such an ancient animal.”
According to a Facebook post, researchers named the shark Nukumi (pronounced noo-goo-mee) in honour of a "legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people."
Mr Fischer said: "She was full of multiple seals and was round and robust.
"She had a lot of scratches on her face from seals that were fighting with their claws when she was eating them."
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Nukumi's data has been collected for 21 research projects, including an ultra sound, bacteria samples off her teeth and fecal samples to learn her diet.
Blood, muscle and skin samples were also taken for research about the species.
OCEARCH fitted the shark with three tags, including one to record how deep she goes and another that will track her movements for the next five years.
- Great White Shark
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