A great white shark equipped with a GPS tracker “draws” an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT

End-hundred 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
  • Each time it surfaces, the tag in its dorsal fin “reports” a GPS position
  • The shark has traveled along the east coast of the United States for the past two years
  • His movements 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 talents by swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Surprisingly, a map showing Breton’s travels across the Atlantic Ocean reveals the distinctive silhouette 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. Surprisingly, a map showing Breton’s travels across the Atlantic Ocean reveals the distinctive silhouette of a great white shark

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

Whenever it surfaces for sufficient time, the tag in its dorsal fin sends a GPS location back to the science organization’s shark trackers.

The 1,437-pound creature has traveled along the eastern seaboard of the United States off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia and Long Bay, South Carolina.

And its movements traced the shape of a shark, during its 444-day journey.

twitter user Jeff Barnabas posted a screenshot of the map, writing: “Shark equipped with GPS tracker drew shark in Atlantic.”

Several amazed shark fans responded to his tweet, with a “well done shark!” joke.

‘Jaws? More like Draws,” one user replied, while another joked, “Shark artist, doo doo doo doo doo doo.

And one of them joked: ‘Do they communicate via Bluetooth? Either way, it’s breathtaking.

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

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

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

“Animals are captured from tenders, using hand lines, and are guided by hand through the water on and off the elevator,” OCEARCH says 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 immobilized and the water pipes are in place 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, acoustics and accelerometer are attached, morphometry is recorded, and samples, such as blood and tissue, are collected.”

Breton’s location was first marked on September 12, 2020 at 1 a.m. on Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia.

Recently, Breton was tagged on September 21, 2022 at 3:29 a.m. off Baie de Plaisance, Quebec.

You can follow 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 200 million years and they are considered complex and intelligent.

Their teeth are the number one fear factor, with the teeth of the great white reaching up to two and a half inches in length.

Their prey is impaled on the sharp teeth of the lower jaw from which they saw sections of flesh. The serrated edges of the teeth facilitate this process.

Their teeth are brittle and constantly breaking, but they also constantly regrow and there are an average of 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

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

Their 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 60 mph in gusts.

The great white can reach speeds of 25 mph.

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

The power and size of a shark also terrifies us.

The great white shark can measure up to 20ft and although it has no particular taste for humans, even one 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 be afraid of humans. We kill up to a million a year, often just by cutting off their fins to make soup and throwing the rest of the shark into the water, where it starves or drowns.

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