Fin cent Van Gogh! A 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 that was tagged in 2020 by the OCEARCH mission
- Every time it surfaces, the tag on its dorsal fin “pinpoints” a GPS location
- The shark has traveled along the US East Coast in the last two years.
- His movements have traced 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 shown off its artistic skills while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 13-foot predator, named Breton, is equipped with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission.
Surprisingly, a map showing Breton’s voyages across the Atlantic Ocean 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. Surprisingly, a map showing Breton’s voyages across the Atlantic Ocean reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark.
Breton was the first shark to be tagged during the OCEARCH charity’s expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020.
Every time it surfaces long enough, the tag on its dorsal fin “sends” a GPS location to shark trackers at the scientific organization.
The 1,437-pound creature has traveled up and down the US East Coast off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia, and Long Bay, South Carolina.
And its movements have traced the shape of a shark, during its 444-day journey.
Twitter user Jeff Barnaby posted a screenshot of the map, writing: ‘A shark equipped with a GPS tracker drew a shark in the Atlantic.’
Several amazed shark fans responded to his tweet, joking ‘well played shark!’
‘Jaws? More like Draws,” one user responded, while another joked, “Artist shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.”
And one joked: ‘Do they communicate via bluetooth? Anyway, that’s amazing.
Breton was the first shark tagged during the OCEARCH charity expedition to Nova Scotia in 2020
OCEARCH researchers have now tagged a total of 432 animals in the hope of learning more about their lives, diets and migratory habits.
‘The animals are captured from the tenders, using hand lines, and guided by hand in the water in and out of the lift,’ OCEARCH explains of 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 water hoses have been placed to allow a continuous flow of fresh seawater over the gills, the scientific team, made up of researchers and veterinarians, begins their process.
Tags such as SPOT, acoustic, and accelerometer are attached, morphometric data is recorded, and samples, such as blood and tissue, are collected.
The Breton location was first tagged on September 12, 2020 at 1am on Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia.
Breton was recently tagged on September 21, 2022 at 3:29 am off the coast of Baie de Plaisance, Quebec.
You can track Breton on his travels here.
HOW THE SHARKS EARNED THEIR REPUTATION FOR ROLELESSNESS
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.
His teeth are the number one scare factor, with the great white’s teeth growing up to two and a half inches long.
Their prey are impaled on the pointed teeth of the lower jaw where they sawed through sections of the meat. The jagged edges of the teeth help in this process.
Their teeth are brittle and break constantly, but they also grow back constantly, and on average there are 15 rows of teeth present in the mouth at one time.
Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth. Its basic design has never really changed over the course of 200 million years.
His speed is the number two fear factor.
They are very fast in the water compared to humans, with the mako shark capable of reaching an incredible speed of 60mph in bursts.
The great white can reach speeds of 25 mph.
By comparison, 5 mph is as fast as a human can go.
The power and size of a shark also terrifies us.
The great white shark can grow up to 20 feet, and while it doesn’t have a particular liking for humans, even an exploratory bite is enough to cut a man in half.
Most sharks release a human after their first bite, but sometimes that’s all it takes to kill a person.
However, sharks have much more reason to fear than humans. We kill up to a million of them a year, often simply by cutting off their fins to make soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water, where they starve or drown.