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Great white shark fitted with GPS tracker ‘draws’ an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT

Fine-cent Van Gogh! Great white shark fitted with a GPS tracker ‘draws’ an incredible SELF-PORTRAIT while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean

  • Breton is a white shark tagged in 2020 by the OCEARCH mission
  • Each time he emerges, the tag in his dorsal fin ‘pings’ a GPS position
  • The shark has been traveling along the US East Coast over the past two years
  • His movements have mapped the shape of a great white shark
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From Vincent Van Gogh to Frida Kahlo, many of the most famous artists in history are known for their self-portraits.

Now it seems a great white shark has shown off his 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.

Astonishing, a Map showing Breton’s travels across the Atlantic reveal the characteristic outline of a great white shark – fin and all.

The 13-foot great white shark, named Breton, is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission.  Incredibly, a map showing Breton's voyages across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark
The 13-foot great white shark, named Breton, is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission.  Incredibly, a map showing Breton's voyages across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark

The 13-foot great white shark, named Breton, is fitted with a GPS tracker as part of the OCEARCH research mission. Incredibly, a map showing Breton’s voyages across the Atlantic reveals the distinctive outline of a great white shark

Breton was the first shark tagged during the charity OCEARCH’s 2020 expedition to Nova Scotia.

Whenever he surfaces for enough time, the tag in his dorsal fin ‘pings’ a GPS position back to shark trackers at the scientific organization.

The 1,437-pound creature has traveled along the US East Coast off New Jersey, Chincoteague, Virginia and Long Bay, South Carolina.

And his movements have mapped the shape of a shark during his 444-day journey.

Twitter user Jeff Barnaby posted a screenshot of the map and wrote: ‘A shark fitted with a GPS tracker drew a shark in the Atlantic.’

Several stunned shark fans have responded to his tweet with a joking ‘well played shark!’

‘Jaws? More like drawings,’ one user replied, while another joked: ‘Artist shark, doo doo doo doo doo.’

And one said: ‘Do they communicate via bluetooth? Anyway, that jaw dropping.’

Breton was the first shark tagged during the charity OCEARCH's 2020 expedition to Nova Scotia
Breton was the first shark tagged during the charity OCEARCH's 2020 expedition to Nova Scotia

Breton was the first shark tagged during the charity OCEARCH’s 2020 expedition to Nova Scotia

OCEARCH researchers have now tagged a total of 432 animals in the hope of learning more about their lives, diets and migration habits.

‘Animals are caught from tenders using handlines and guided by hand into the water on and off the lift,’ OCEARCH explains about 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 are set up to enable 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, acoustic 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 has been marked on September 21, 2022 at 03.29 off the coast of Baie de Plaisance, Quebec.

You can follow Breton on his travels here.

HOW SHARKS GOT THEIR UNHANDLED ROOM

Sharks are the most effective predators on earth and have long terrified humans.

Their basic design has never really changed over 200 million years and they are considered to be complex and intelligent.

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

Their prey is impaled on the sharp teeth in the lower jaw, where they saw off parts of the meat. The serrated edges of the teeth help with this process.

Their teeth are fragile and constantly break off, but also constantly regrow, 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 in 200 million years
Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth.  Their basic design has never really changed in 200 million years

Sharks are the most efficient predators on earth. Their basic design has never really changed in 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 incredible 60km/h bursts.

The great white can reach speeds of 25 mph.

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

A shark’s power and size also scares us.

The great white shark can grow up to 20 feet, and although it has no particular taste for humans, even an exploratory bite is enough to cut a man in half.

Most sharks let a human go free after their first bite, but sometimes that’s all it takes to kill a person.

However, sharks have far more reason to be afraid of humans. We kill up to a million of them a year, often just cutting off the fins to make soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water where it starves or drowns.

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