13-foot great white shark uses GPS tracking to draw ‘self-portrait’

Great white shark draws ‘self portrait’ | Image: Oceanrch

A great white shark fitted with a GPS tracker drew a ‘self-portrait’ in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 13-foot shark, named Breton, was fitted with a tracking device as part of a research program by ocean research charity OCEANRCH in Nova Scotia in September 2020.

Two years later, when the scientists tracked the shark’s journey, they were left in disbelief.

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The apex predator had traveled along the US East Coast off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia and Long Bay, South Carolina – sketching an outline of a shark with his movements across the span of 444 days.

The creature drew a “head” by surfacing the coast of Florida and the Carolinas. The shape of a “dorsal fin” springs up around Washington DC and New York and a “tail” around Nova Scotia, Canada. There’s also the outline of a pectoral fin, which sits on the side of a fish, when the shark made a sudden but clear triangle-shaped path into the ocean and back.

Here’s what netizens said about Breton’s ‘self portrait’:

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“Apex predator-level scientist trolling.”

“Jaws? More like Draws.”

Breton was first tagged on September 12, 2020, at Scaterie Island in Nova Scotia. On September 21 this year, he was tagged off the coast of Baie de Plaisance in Quebec.

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