This photo has been circulating over the past couple of weeks, ever since it was snapped off the coast of southwest Australia, and with good reason: The great white shark in the photo is huge, over 5 metres long, making it one of the largest sharks in the world!
This great white — dubbed 'Joan of Shark' — was captured off King George Sound, near the southwest tip of Australia on March 30. According to the Newcastle Herald, it took three staff members from Western Australia's Department of Fisheries over two-and-a-half hours to reel her in, however this wasn't a trophy catch or part of the shark culls going on in other parts of the Australian coast. Once the team had her up alongside the boat, they worked quickly, taking roughly five minutes to roll her over so that she was upside-down — a position that puts the shark into a sleep-like state called 'tonic immobility' — put a small incision in her abdomen, insert an internal electronic tag, then sew her back up and let her go.
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