A Grandmother of Sharks

Publish date:

Working in the waters off Nova Scotia, Canada, scientists from OCEARCH tagged a huge great white shark that weighed in at 3,541 pounds and measured 17 feet 2 inches in length.

The researchers described the female shark as "Queen of the Ocean" and have named her Nukumi, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia.

Nukumi is the largest of eight great whites that they have tagged and sampled during the current expedition, which has been running for 29 days as of Wednesday.

A video shot by OCEARCH shows Nukumi being brought to a special submersible platform built onto the side of its research vessel with team of scientists taking blood and DNA samples and doing ultrasounds, before letting her swim away.

OCEARCH has tagged and collected samples from hundreds of sharks, dolphins, seals and other animals. The group is using the data to learn about migration patterns and uncover previously unknown details about sharks.

Great white sharks are the world's largest predatory fish, but despite their fearsome reputation, the World Wildlife Foundation says they are a vulnerable species and their numbers are decreasing.



Shark Kills Woman in Maine in Rare Attack

A 63-year-old-woman was fatally attacked by a great white shark while swimming 20 yards offshore.


Diver Swims with Dinosaur-Size Shark

This 50-year-old shark has seen some things. Watch as “Deep Blue,” a female great white shark estimated to be at least 20 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds, swims with a diver off Oahu, Hawaii.

Screen Shot 2020-09-28 at 3.29.44 PM

A Dramatic Rescue

A video shows a U.S. Coast Guard crew rescuing seven people from their overturned boat

Screen Shot 2020-12-04 at 1.29.26 PM

A Mesmerizing Video Loaded with Boats and Music

Set in the middle of a Maine harbor filled with working lobster boats, the Salt Bay Chamberfest puts a beautiful video of a musical performance online

Screen Shot 2020-10-02 at 11.10.17 AM

Rollover Recovery

The USCG’s updated 47-foot Motor Lifeboat is rolled over for a self-righting test


How to Restore a Traditional Wooden Boat in 12 Minutes

Enjoy a video compilation that shows off the skills that Norwegian shipwrights used to restore the 1888 fishing vessel Fremad II

Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 2.26.58 PM

Superyacht Catches Fire and Sinks Off Italian Coast

The Italian Coast Guard rescued 17 people before the 155-foot Lady MM slipped below the waves


A Tampa Bay charter captain gets in deep water after a video shows him scraping a manatee with a fishing pole.

A Tampa Bay charter captain gets in deep water after a video shows him scraping a manatee with a fishing pole.