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Incredible footage captures a great white shark COVERED in scratches and wounds


Incredible footage captures ‘the world’s most badly beaten’ great white shark COVERED in deep scratches and bites – but what caused the damage?

  • The world’s ‘most beaten’ great white shark was filmed in South Australia
  • The incredible footage shows the animal covered in scratches and wounds
  • Experts say they have never seen a shark in this poor condition before
  • Figures from 2018 show there are only 5,500 great white’s left in east Australia


Incredible footage of what might be the world’s ‘most battered’ great white shark has been captured near South Australia’s Neptune Islands.

The footage, posted to the Sea Dragon Films YouTube channel in January, shows a great white shark swimming beside underwater photographer Dean Spraakman, its fins, gills, mouth and body covered in scratches. 

Mr Spraakman said that he has never seen a great white in such poor condition before and while he originally shout the marine creature was in a lot of pain, it was actually extremely calm and gentle in its demeanour. 

‘No one has ever seen a shark in a condition like this before,’ Mr Spraakman told The Sun

‘He was very calm and … came very close, within an arm’s reach from me – sometimes when you get a good shark like that, they just want to come and look you in the eye, just have a really good look at who you are.’  

Video footage captured by Mr Spraakman shows the shark swimming alongside other small fish, its skin worn away in places and bite marks visible on its flank.

While his team suspected boat propellers might be the cause of the injuries, other experts suggest that the damage was the result of scrapping with other sharks. 

Footage has emerged of possibly the ‘world’s most beaten’ great white shark of the coast of South Australia, near the Neptune Islands

National Geographic explorer Professor Yannis Papastamatiou told the publication the large male shark looked to have been in a few fights.

‘Females are often heavily scarred from mating behaviour, but males can get bitten as well during dominance interactions between sharks… like a larger shark may want a smaller shark and dominate the smaller individual with a non-fatal warning bite,’ he said. 

Some of the unique scars around the facial region could also have been caused by the shark’s prey, seals. 

The shark is covered in scratches and wounds, which often are a result of hunting or scraps with other sharks

The shark is covered in scratches and wounds, which often are a result of hunting or scraps with other sharks

Great white sharks are the largest-known predatory fish in the world with its thin torpedo-shaped body allows them to reach underwater swimming speeds of 56km/h in short bursts.

Based on CSIRO figures from 2018, there are only 5,500 great whites left on Australia’s eastern coast line.   

‘White sharks live in coastal, shelf, and continental slope waters around Australia from the Montebello Islands in north-western Western Australia, south around the coast to at least as far north as central Queensland including Tasmanian waters,’ CSIRO research said. 

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