“Queen of the Ocean” Found Near Nova Scotia
Sharks are among the earth’s oldest living animals on Earth and Great white sharks may have the most legendary status for their relation to the Megalodon. But the truth is scientist believe that a Great White can live up to at least 60 years, according to the Smithsonian.
OCEARCH, a non-profit marine research organization, found the 17 feet long and 3,541 pounds shark and claimed she is the largest shark the group has been able to sample in the Northwest Atlantic. She’s been named Nukumi for “the legendary wise old grandmother figure” of the Indigenous Mi'kmaq people.
Chris Fischer, the OCEARCH expedition leader, called Nukumi a “proper Queen of the Ocean”. “She’s probably 50-years-old and certainly her first litters of pups she would have been having 30 years ago are also making babies, really humbling to stand next to a large animal like that,” Fischer said. “When you look at all the healed-over scars and blotches and things that are on her skin, you’re really looking at the story of her life and it makes you feel really insignificant.”