All About Sharks
Sharks are mysterious, fearsome and common … and for that reason, they have not only a prominent place in pop culture, but in ancient folklore as well.
Colossus is 16 feet long and as wide as a school bus, which is why DNews and Discovery placed him at #4 in our countdown of the Top 5 Legendary Sharks.
Slash, a 17-footer from New Zealand, is covered in battle scars. DNews and Discovery placed him at #3 in our countdown of the Top 5 Legendary Sharks.
The Cuban, caught in 1945, was originally measured at 21 feet long. DNews and Discovery placed him at #2 in our countdown of the Top 5 Legendary Sharks.
The PEI Shark
The Prince Edward Island shark (PEI) is the largest accurately measured shark on record. DNews and Discovery placed her at #1 in our countdown of the Top 5 Legendary Sharks.
This 20-foot female is one of the biggest great whites ever filmed. Estimated to be in her 50s, Deep Blue bears scars on her left flank, likely the result of fights with other sharks or from mating partners. She’s been known to spend time in the waters near Guadalupe Island, off the coast of Mexico's Baja California.
Since WWII, a massive hammerhead -- in excess of 20 feet and 2,000 pounds -- has lurked in the Gulf of Mexico between Everglades City and Tampa Bay. Or so legend has it. Covered with battle scars from propellers, harpoons, fish hooks and even a machete (!), Old Hitler, as he’s called, has terrorized the region for nearly 70 years, bumping boats and stealing commercially caught fish from nets.
Colossus is a 3,000-pound great white first captured on film in 2012 by Jeff Kurr at Seal Island, South Africa, during a very close encounter. Distinguished by his notched dorsal fin, Colossus has become infamous for his size and beautiful aerial breaches.
Originally estimated to be 14 feet long, the shark is likely more than 16 feet now.
In 1945, six fishermen on their daily search for fish caught a white shark near the fishing village of Cojimar, Cuba, in the Gulf of Mexico. The shark measured more than 21 feet long and weighed some 7,000 pounds, which would make it the largest great white shark on record … if scientists agreed that the measurements were accurate. Which they don’t. But while its exact size may be in question, what isn’t is that El Monstruo was truly a giant worthy of his name.
At 20 feet in length, the Prince Edward Island shark (PEI) is one of the largest accurately measured great whites on record. Unfortunately, in 1983 PEI became fatally caught in the net of 22-year-old Canadian fisherman David McKendrick, who thought he’d nabbed an oversized bluefin tuna. At the time of her death the PEI shark was 20 years old and had the potential to grow even larger.
Meet Slash, a 16-foot great white with a “bad attitude” that hunts the waters of New Zealand. Featured in 2013’s “Great White Serial Killer,” Slash is named for the scar on the left side of his face, likely the result of an unsuccessful tagging attempt by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) -- and potentially the cause of his infamous grumpiness.
This 20-foot-plus and heavily pregnant female, featured in Shark Week 2014's "Jaws of the Deep," is one of the biggest great whites ever filmed.