The giant mature females of the Neptune Islands are among the largest great whites in the world.
Surprisingly, these big girls are also among the most timid of sharks and often shy away from us up at the surface compared to other adult males and smaller individuals.
Down on our world exclusive ocean floor cage dives however these ladies do feel more comfortable in getting more intimate. This near 6m mature female named “Matilda” has moved in very slowly and with her snout has gently kissed the cage right in front of Fox Divemaster Dani Spreitzer.
In this image Matilda’s jaw is captured in half open position, in reflex to the curious connection with the aluminium cage. This gave her the information she needed, and it can be seen that she has not dropped her upper teeth down out of her gums, or rolled her eyes back, and she did not at all act aggressively or bite the cage.
However despite the relatively delicate investigation its not surprising to know that all the divers here had hearts racing and were held spellbound in astonishment from the encounter.
Mathilda the Matronly: “Human… are you stuck in the cage? Do you require help? I could easily release you…No? OK.”
Holy Mutha!! 8-O
This is wondrous.
look at that big beautiful baby investigating the strange thing in her world
there are some interesting studies going on about how researchers are starting to feel that great whites have a developed social structure that is matriarchal in nature with large, mature females at the top