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In the deep blue ocean lives an ancient predator… 

Dr. Grace Mann knows great white sharks. As the daughter of an obsessed shark researcher based at the Farallon Islands, Grace spent her childhood in the company of these elegant and massive creatures. When a photo of her freediving with a great white goes viral, the institute where she works seeks to capitalize on her new-found fame by producing a documentary about her work. 

Underwater filmmaker Alec Galloway admires Dr. Mann and jumps at the opportunity to create a film showcasing the pretty biologist. As he heads to Guadalupe Island in Baja California Sur for a three-week expedition, it’s clear that his fan-boy crush on Grace is turning into something more serious. But even more pressing—Grace’s passionate focus on the sharks just might get her killed.

Guest Post: The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe Island

By Kristy McCaffrey

Guadalupe Island, off the coast of Baja California in Mexico, is host to one of the most prolific populations of great white sharks in the world. First discovered and observed by the San Diego sport-fishing fleet, this twenty-mile long island offers crystal clear water and water temperatures in the range of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

From August through January, the sharks are drawn to the water due to the abundant food supply consisting of Northern Elephant Seals, Guadalupe Fur Seals, California Sea Lions and Yellowfin Tuna. Over 200 individual sharks have been identified, and each year the Marine Conservation Science Institute (MCSI) publishes a book featuring current photos which is available for purchase to the public.

The largest females tend to return to Guadalupe Island every third year, likely to feed and mate, although white shark mating has never been witnessed or filmed. And while many of the females are thought to be pregnant, it’s presumed they give birth elsewhere, likely the Sea of Cortez. Current studies from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution estimate that great whites can live to be 70 years old or more.

The largest and most famous great white—a female named Deep Blue—was documented at Guadalupe Island in 2015. At that time, she was estimated to be 20 feet long and at least 50 years old. She was recently seen again this past January off the coast of Hawaii feeding on a dead sperm whale that had been towed out to sea. Her identity was confirmed by MCSI based on her markings and dorsal fin profile. Her appearance confirms the long migratory patterns great whites undertake. In the early 2000’s, scientists tracked one great white’s 12,400 mile journey from South Africa to Western Australia and back.

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In the deep blue ocean lives an ancient predator…
 
When a photo of Dr. Grace Mann freediving with a great white shark goes viral, the institute where she works seeks to capitalize on her new-found fame by producing a documentary about her work. Underwater filmmaker Alec Galloway admires Dr. Mann and jumps at the opportunity to create a film showcasing the pretty biologist. But can he keep her safe when her passionate focus on the sharks repeatedly leads her into danger? 

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