‘Queen of the Ocean’: 17-foot great white shark weighing 1600kg found in Canada

A giant 17-foot great white shark that weighs a whopping 3541 pounds or 1600 kg has been dubbed as the ‘Queen of the Ocean’ was found in eastern Canada.

Researchers on October 2 saw the massive animal off the coast of Nova Scotia. The non-profit research group Ocearch found it during its four-week mission in the Northwest Atlantic, in which they aim to study the creatures over long periods of time. The animals are tagged to track their movements in the sea.

The Ocearch team led by Chris Fischer has named the gigantic shark ‘Nukumi’. Fisher said that Nukumi was the largest shark that the team has ever caught. Fisher told McClatchy News that the shark was “a very old creature, a proper ‘Queen of the Ocean’ and a matriarch. He said that it had several scars, healed wounds and discolourations which reveal her rich life story that go back many years.

“Meet 3,541 pound mature female white shark Nukumi. We named her “Nukumi”, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people. A culture that has deep roots in Canadian Maritime provinces (particularly Nova Scotia). With the new data we’ve collected, this matriarch will share her wisdom with us for years to come. She will continue to help balance fish stocks in the surrounding waters, and we look forward to learning more from this wise guardian of our ocean’s ecosystem,” the team shared a post on Facebook.