Great White Shark Being Tracked By GPS “Draws” Self-Portrait While Swimming

A 13-foot great white shark in the Atlantic Ocean created a stunning self-portrait while swimming thanks to a GPS tracker.

The shark, a 1,437lb predator named Breton, was first GPS tagged back in 2020 during the OCEARCH expedition to Nova Scotia.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The non-profit research group “tags” great white sharks to track their behavior and study them, and Breton was the first shark they tagged on one particular expedition, and they’ve been watching him ever since.

Whenever Breton surfaces long enough, the tag in his dorsal fin “pings” a GPS location to OCEARCH. The “pings” create a trail, or map, that follows the path Breton swims.

Since being tracked, the massive shark has traveled along the East Coast of New Jersey, Chincoteague in Virginia, and Long Bay in South Carolina. While his path may seem random to some, when looking at the path mapped out, you can see it creates a self-portrait of a shark!

In the span of 444 days, Brenton managed to cover enough ground to “ping” a path in the shape of a full-bodied great white shark.

OCEARCH shared a photo of Breton’s route on social media back in April and people were quick to point out the self-portrait the shark had made.

“Is it just me or is he trying to draw a shark?” Todd Stevens commented. “I think he is drawing a sketch of himself with his GPS coordinates,” Paul Kirkland agreed.

Dan Reiner even outlined the shark “drawing” so everyone could see it clear as day! Check out the photo below.

What an artist Breton is!

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