Vincent Van Gogh! Great white shark equipped with a GPS tracker ‘draws’ an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
- Breton is a great white shark tagged in 2020 by OCEARCH mission
- Whenever he shows up, the tag in his dorsal fin ‘pings’ a GPS location
- The shark has been traveling along the US East Coast for the past two years
- Its movements have mapped the shape of a great white shark
From Vincent van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, many of history’s most famous artists are known for their self-portraits.
Now a great white shark appears to have displayed its artistic skills while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 13ft predator, dubbed Breton, is equipped with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission.
Amazing, a Map showing Breton’s travels across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark – fin and all.
The 13-foot great white shark, named Breton, is equipped with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission. Amazingly, a map depicting Breton’s travels across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark
Breton was the first shark tagged on the charity OCEARCH’s expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020.
Whenever he surfaces long enough, the tag in his dorsal fin “pings” a GPS location back to shark trackers at the scientific organization.
The 1,437-pound creature has traveled the US East Coast off the coasts of New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia and Long Bay, South Carolina.
And its movements have charted the shape of a shark during its 444-day journey.
Twitter user Jeff Barnaby posted a screenshot of the map and wrote: ‘A shark equipped with a GPS tracker pulled a shark in the Atlantic Ocean.’
Several astonished shark fans have responded to his tweet, joking “well played shark!”
‘Jaws? More like Draws,” one user replied, while another joked, “Artist shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.”
And one joked: ‘Do they communicate via bluetooth? Anyway, that overwhelming.’
Breton was the first shark tagged on the charity OCEARCH’s expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020
OCEARCH researchers have now tagged a total of 432 animals in hopes of learning more about their lives, diet and migratory habits.
“Animals are caught from tenders, using handlines, and are hand-guided into and out of the elevator in the water,” explains OCEARCH of the tagging process.
“Then the animals are taken to the sunken platform of the M/V OCEARCH ship and the platform is raised.
“Once the animals are restrained and water hoses are placed to allow for a continuous flow of fresh seawater over the gills, the scientific team, made up of researchers and veterinarians, begins its process.
‘Tags such as SPOT, acoustics and accelerometer are confirmed, morphometry is recorded and samples such as blood and tissue are collected.’
Breton’s location was first tagged on September 12, 2020 at 1 a.m. on Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia.
Recently, Breton was tagged on September 21, 2022 at 3:29 am off the coast of Baie de Plaisance, Quebec.
HOW SHARKS EARN THEIR MIND 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 200 million years and they are considered complex and intelligent.
Their teeth are fear factor number one, with the great white’s teeth growing up to two and a half inches long.
Their prey is impaled on the pointed teeth of the lower jaw where they saw away parts of the flesh. The serrated edges of the teeth aid in this process.
Their teeth are brittle and constantly break down, but they also grow back continuously and on average there are 15 rows of teeth present in the mouth at a time.
Sharks are the most efficient predators on Earth. Their basic design has never really changed over 200 million years
Their speed is fear factor number two.
They are very fast in the water compared to humans with the shortfin mako shark being able to reach an incredible 60 mph in bursts.
The great white can reach speeds of 25 mph.
In comparison, 5 mph is the fastest a human can reach.
The strength and size of a shark also scares us.
The great white shark can grow up to 6 meters in height 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 takes to kill a person.
However, sharks have much more reason to be afraid of humans. We kill up to a million a year, often just cutting off their fins to make soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water, where it starves or drowns.