Aerial patrol spots very real, and very large white shark
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 January, 2016 - The mythical shark from “Jaws” was 25 feet long. The very real Deep Blue discovered off Baja Mexico is estimated to be 21 feet long. And now a group in South Australia has recorded a great white shark thought to be 23 feet in length.
According to Shark Alerts South Australia, who provide active alerts for swimmers, surfers and other coastal water users around the Adelaide area, the sighting took everyone by surprise.
“It's the biggest I’ve ever seen as a crew member in the Westpac chopper,” said the group’s Facebook posting. “We put it down as 7m the photo really doesn't do it justice.”
The group said there’s another photo of the same shark showing its full length and swimming just 300 feet from shore.
"Helicopter aerial patrols are currently herding a large White Shark out to sea off Marino Rocks," stated the group.
They added that nearby nippers events have been cancelled and all swimmers pulled from the water.
A 17-foot white shark also spotted by Shark Alerts South Australia this week.
Shark Alerts South Australia also reported an encounter by Jarryd Maddern with a 17 footer at at "The Spit" which is two kilometres off Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. You can see an image of that shark above.
In August of 2014, well north of the equator, a video encounter with a giant shark in Baja was posted by Mauricio Hoyos Padilla on his YouTube channel. The shark, named Deep Blue, is one of the biggest great white sharks ever caught on film and estimated to be 21 feet in length.
You can view that video below.