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Largest great white shark tagged in Australia

World's Largest Great White Shark Tagged in Australia

The world's largest Great White shark was recently electronically tagged off Albany's Middleton Beach in Australia.

Netizens from all over the world seem to have a fascination with one specific picture that's making the rounds on the web. It features the world's largest Great White shark, which was recently electronically tagged off Albany's Middleton Beach in Australia.

Local residents are referring to the female as 'Joan of Shark'. She measures about 16 feet long and is estimated to weigh over 1 and a half tons.

The Department of Fisheries was tipped off of her presence after 'Joan of Shark' ventured too close to the popular swimming spot. Albany locals were issued a warning to stay out of the water while authorities handled the situation.

Officers from the Department of Fisheries got to work searching for her and eventually located her with their boat. Once secured, they flipped her onto her back while she was still in the water in a state known as 'tonic immobility'.

The photo surfacing online shows the officers inserting the electronic tag into her flesh. Once she came to, she was quickly released and reportedly swam out to sea.

Department of Fisheries spokesperson Mark Kleeman commented "For the next ten years, we'll be able to keep a track of her movements, which is going to open up a whole new world. We'll have a better understanding of the large-scale movements of white sharks."

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TKMNBJM April 16 2014 at 6:04 PM

Mary Lee is the same size and she stays off the Eastern coast of the US. I live in coastal South Carolina and our local news allows reports when she has been spotted offshore by her pings. She's kinda a local celebrity.

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ANTHONY- TOPCATS April 16 2014 at 8:03 PM

Frank Mundus back in the late 60s or early 70s caught a much bigger shark than this, I know I lived there at that time.

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gr8wtshark April 16 2014 at 8:06 PM

Thanks for not killing her... She's a beauty!

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dwalt3940 April 16 2014 at 8:16 PM

The Great white Sharks found around the Farallon Islands about 30 miles West of San Francisco, California have been recorded several times that exceeded 20 feet by the scientist stationed on the Island.

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mennis0852 dwalt3940 April 16 2014 at 8:51 PM

I was going to say, since when is a 16 foot Great White the largest in the world? There are many reports of them being larger than 25 feet and documented ones at 21 feet.

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russ311 mennis0852 April 16 2014 at 9:23 PM

This was the largest TAGGED!

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lov2elkhnt April 16 2014 at 11:33 PM

At least the fish gave a big smile to the camera.

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miket1947 April 16 2014 at 9:40 PM

I guess you're gonna need a bigger boat.

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renee April 16 2014 at 9:47 PM

stay out of the water...

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ssf1183 April 16 2014 at 9:52 PM

"We're gonna need a bigger boat..."

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stevehaley1 ssf1183 April 16 2014 at 10:39 PM

Quinn has a deathwish so we better get a new captain too.

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billtheegooch April 16 2014 at 9:56 PM

You have to be nuts to want to go swimming at an Australian beach!

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buckeye3118 April 16 2014 at 10:31 PM

Why is there no recorded incidence of a lawyer being bitten by a shark? Professional Courtesy.

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Carol buckeye3118 April 16 2014 at 10:35 PM

Now that you mention it, I have never seen a shark and a lawyer in the same photograph. . . coincidence? I think not!

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animalloveinc buckeye3118 April 17 2014 at 12:08 AM


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