Great white shark fitted with GPS tracker ‘draws’ an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT

Fin-cent Van Gogh! Great white shark fitted with a GPS tracker ‘draws’ an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT while swimming the Atlantic Ocean

  • Breton is a great white shark that was tagged in 2020 by OCEARCH mission
  • Whenever he surfaces, the tag in his dorsal fin ‘pings’ a GPS location 
  • The shark has travelled along the US East Coast over the past two years
  • His movements have mapped out the shape of a great white shark

From Vincent Van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, many of the most famous artists in history are known for their self-portraits. 

Now, a great white shark appears to have shown off its artistic skills while swimming the Atlantic Ocean. 

The 13ft predator, named Breton, is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission. 

Amazingly, a map showing Breton’s travels through the Atlantic Ocean reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark – fin and all. 

The 13ft great white shark, named Breton, is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission. Amazingly, a map showing Breton’s travels through the Atlantic Ocean reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark

Breton was the first shark to be tagged during charity OCEARCH’s expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020.

Whenever he surfaces for sufficient time, the tag in his dorsal fin ‘pings’ a GPS location back to shark trackers at the science organisation.

The 1,437lb creature has travelled along the US East Coast off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia and Long Bay, South Carolina.

And his movements have mapped out the shape of a shark, during his 444-day journey.

Twitter user Jeff Barnaby posted a screenshot of the map, writing: ‘A shark fitted with a GPS tracker drew a shark in the Atlantic.’

Several amazed shark fans have responded to his tweet, with one joking ‘well played shark!’

‘Jaws? More like Draws,’ one user replied, while another joked: ‘Artist shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.’

And one quipped: ‘Do they communicate via bluetooth ? Anyway, that jaw-dropping.’

Breton was the first shark to be tagged during charity OCEARCH's expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020

Breton was the first shark to be tagged during charity OCEARCH’s expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020

OCEARCH researchers have now tagged a total of 432 animals in the hopes of learning more about their lives, diets and migratory habits. 

‘Animals are caught from tenders, using handlines, and are guided by hand in the water on and off the lift,’ OCEARCH explains about the tagging process. 

‘The animals are then brought to the submerged platform of the M/V OCEARCH vessel and the platform is raised. 

‘Once the animals are restrained and hoses of water have been set to enable a continuous flow of fresh seawater over the gills, the science team, made up of researchers and veterinarians, begins its process. 

‘Tags such as SPOT, acoustic, and accelerometer are attached, morphometrics are recorded, and samples, such as blood and tissue, are collected.’

Breton’s location was first tagged on September 12, 2020 at 1am at Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia.

Recently, Breton has been tagged on September 21, 2022 at 3.29am off the coast of Baie de Plaisance, Quebec.

You can track Breton on his travels here. 

HOW SHARKS EARNED THEIR RUTHLESS REPUTATION

Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth and have long terrified humans.

Their basic design has never really changed over the course of 200million years and they are considered to be complex and intelligent.

Their teeth are fear factor number one, with the great white’s teeth growing up to two-and-a-half inches in length.

Their prey are impaled on the pointed teeth of the lower jaw where they saw away sections of the flesh. The serrated edges of the teeth help with this process.

Their teeth are brittle and are constantly breaking off but are also constantly regrowing and on average there are 15 rows of teeth present in the mouth at one time.

Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth. Their basic design has never really changed over the course of 200million years

Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth. Their basic design has never really changed over the course of 200million years

Their speed is fear factor number two. 

They are very fast in the water compared to humans with the mako shark able to reach an incredible 60mph in bursts.

The great white can reach speeds of 25mph. 

By comparison, 5mph is the fastest a human being can reach.

A shark’s power and size terrifies us, too.   

The great white shark can grow up to 20 feet and while it has no particular taste for humans even an exploratory bite is enough to cut a man in half.

Most sharks release a human after its first bite but sometimes, that’s all it take to kill a person.   

However, sharks have far more reason to be afraid of humans. We kill up to a million of them a year, often just cutting off their fins to make into soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water, where it starves or drowns. 

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