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Incredible video shows the world’s ‘toughest’ great white shark covered in scars and bite marks from years of fighting

AN INCREDIBLE video showed the world’s toughest great white shark covered in scars and bite marks after years of explosive underwater combat.

The giant predator showed off its battle scars as it swam near the Neptune Islands in South Australia.

The great white shark was seen covered in scars

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The great white shark was seen covered in scars
The 11-foot shark has been spotted near the Neptune Islands

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The 11-foot shark has been spotted near the Neptune Islands

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The area is known to be home to an estimated 1,000 great whites, but it seems this animal is known as the top dog.

The extraordinary clip shows the wounded shark with lacerations covering every inch of its skin while dwarfing the small fish swimming next to it.

Underwater cameraman Dean Spraakman shot the stunning footage during an expedition in January last year.

And he revealed that the 11-foot male was incredibly “friendly” despite his intimidating looks.

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Dean said his team couldn’t be sure what caused the shark’s injuries because no shark had ever been injured so badly.

The animal lover explained that they initially suspected that the scars could come from ship propellers.

Another suspicion was that the giant shark had been caught in the tuna pens in the area, but they were quick to dismiss both theories.

Dean said of his encounter with the world’s “toughest” great white shark: “No one has ever seen a shark in such condition.

“Sometimes we see the great white sharks down there chasing stingrays because they hunt and eat them and we thought they chased them into shallow reef areas where they’re quite sharp and could get stuck and do that kind of damage.

“One can only speculate as to what happened there and to be honest no one really knows or knows what causes this kind of damage to a shark, but the poor chap had a bit of a tough time I think.

“I noticed he had scars, but I didn’t know to what length until I looked at the footage later,” he added.

“He was very calm and approached and was quite curious, which was great.

“He was really friendly, just really calm and not irritated by everything he was going through.

“He got very close to me, just an arm’s reach from me – sometimes when you get such a good shark, they just want to come and look you in the eye, just get a really good look at who you are.”

National Geographic researcher Prof Yannis Papastamatiou also commented on the issue, suggesting the markings may have been caused during a fight with another shark.

The great white man was friendly and swam close to the photographer

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The great white man was friendly and swam close to the photographer
The shark had bite marks all over its body

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The shark had bite marks all over its body

The predator behavior expert said: “Females are often heavily marked by mating behaviour.

“But males can also be bitten in dominance interactions between sharks, e.g. B. A larger shark wants a smaller shark and dominates the smaller individual with a non-lethal warning bite.

“Some of the scars on the face can also be caused by their prey like seals.”

The Neptune Islands, where the shark was sighted, are known as the scene of great white tourism.

The species can grow up to 20 feet in length, with Deep Blue being the largest white on record, weighing a whopping 2.5 tons.

The gargantuan female was last spotted in Guadalupe, Mexico, swimming dangerously close to two brave divers.

The coasts of Australia, California and South Africa are among the most popular hotspots for great white sharks, but there have been instances of the predators being sighted in the Mediterranean as well.

Dozens of unsuspecting swimmers have encountered sharks roaming waters around the world this year.

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As of August 1, 55 shark attacks have been reported in 2022. Six were fatal.

But a shark attack survivor who lost his arm and leg became a marine activist and urged people to remember that “we are guests in their house”.

GREAT WHITE SHARK FACTS

Great white sharks are typically 15 feet (4.5 m) long

They have a bluish gray color on top of the bodies

Strong bodies and powerful tails help the marine mammals to swim up to 56 km/h

They stay close to the surface of the water to make it easier for them to catch their prey

Most of the world’s great white sharks live off the coast of South Africa

Their sense of smell is so keen that sharks can smell blood from three miles away

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