Vin Cent Van Gogh! Great white shark with GPS tracker “draws” a stunning selfie while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
- Britton is a great white shark marked in the year 2020 by the OCEARCH mission
- Whenever it appears, the mark in the dorsal fin “beeps” on the GPS location
- The shark has traveled along the east coast of the United States for the past two years
- His movements have drawn the shape of a great white shark
From Vincent van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, many of history’s most famous artists are famous for their self-portraits.
Now, a great white shark appears to have demonstrated its technical skills while swimming in the Atlantic.
The 13-foot-long predator, named Britton, was equipped with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH search mission.
Amazingly, a map showing Breton’s voyages across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outlines of a great white shark – fin and all.
The 13-foot-long great white shark, named Breton, was equipped with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH search mission. Amazingly, a map showing Breton’s voyages across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark
Britton was the first shark to be tagged during OCEARCH’s charity trip to Nova Scotia in 2020.
Whenever it appears on the surface long enough, the mark in the dorsal fin “sends” a location via GPS to the shark trackers at the scientific establishment.
The 1,437-pound creature traveled along the eastern coast of the United States off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia, and Long Bay, South Carolina.
His movements painted the shape of a shark during his 444-day voyage.
Twitter user Jeff Barnaby He posted a screenshot of the map, writing: “A shark with a GPS tracker drawn a shark in the Atlantic.”
Many stunned shark fans responded to his tweet, with one joking, “A shark played well!”
‘Jaws?’ One user answered more like Draws, while another joked: “Artist shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.”
Someone said sarcastically: Do they communicate via bluetooth? Anyway, this jaw.
Britton was the first shark to be tagged during OCEARCH’s charity trip 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 migration habits.
About the tagging process, OCEARCH explains: “The animals are caught from the tenders, using hand leads, and manually guided into the water in and out of the lift.”
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 the hoses set to allow a continuous flow of fresh sea water over the gills, the scientific team, made up of researchers and veterinarians, begins its operation.
Markers such as SPOT, acoustic, and accelerometer are attached, morphometrics are recorded, and samples, such as blood and tissue, are collected.
The Woods location was first flagged on September 12, 2020 at 1 am on Skateri Island, Nova Scotia.
Most recently, Breton was flagged on September 21, 2022 at 3.29 am off the coast of Pays des Plaisances, Quebec.
You can track Bretton on his travels here.
How did sharks earn their not-so-cruelty reputation?
Sharks are the most efficient predators on Earth and have long terrified humans.
Its basic design has never changed over the course of 200 million years, and it is considered complex and clever.
Their teeth are the number one fear factor, with Great Whites’ teeth being up to two and a half inches long.
Their prey is hung on the pointed teeth of the lower jaw as they saw bits of meat away. The jagged edges of the teeth help in this process.
Their teeth are brittle and constantly chipping but they are also constantly growing, and on average there are 15 rows of teeth in the mouth at one time.
Sharks are the most efficient predators on Earth. Their basic design has never changed over the course of 200 million years
Their speed is the second fear factor.
They are very fast in the water compared to humans with the Mako shark being able to reach an incredible speed of 60 mph in bursts.
The Great White can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
By comparison, a speed of 5 mph is the fastest a human can reach.
The power and size of the shark also terrifies us.
The great white shark can reach 20 feet, and while it has no particular taste for humans, an exploratory sting 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 reasons to be afraid than humans. We kill up to a million of them annually, often chopping off their fins to make soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water, where it starves or drowns.