Top 5 Biggest Great White Sharks Ever Caught


Great white sharks are known for their large size and sometimes vicious nature. They can live to be 70 years and older, and on average, they can range anywhere from 3 meters to 5 meters in length. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the two largest great white sharks ever recorded were 10.9 meters (36 feet) in Australia, and 11.3 meters (37 feet) in New Brunswick . Some of the largest great white sharks in the world have been captured in:

  • Australia,
  • Taiwan,
  • Prince Edward Island.

Great white sharks are responsible for the most reported shark attacks on humans, and have notoriously been referred to as “ferocious man eaters.”

Here are 5 of the biggest great white sharks ever caught.

1. Alf Dean, a shark hunter born in 1904, caught one of the largest sharks in history just off the coast of Ceduna, Australia in April, 1955.

The shark weighed in at 2,664 pounds. It was measured at 16 feet and nine inches long and nine feet and nine inches wide.

Before catching this shark, Alf held the world record for catching a 2,536 pound shark. 

At one point, Alf held 7 world records. The combined total weight of all the sharks he caught throughout his career is over 50 tons.

2. In 1983, David McKendrick caught a massive great white shark in western Prince Edward Island. The shark was a female great white measuring 5.2 meters long.

The great white got caught in McKendrick’s net and was dead before it was pulled to the surface. According to the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory in Bedford, Nova Scotia, his catch was one of the two largest sharks in the world.

Prince Edward Island is not known for having many shark sightings, so this catch came as a surprise.

“You usually only hear of reports, maybe every two to three years, if that. In the last 130 years there’s only been 34 actual recorded incidents of great whites in our waters,” said Warren Joyce from the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory.

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3. Australian Shark hunter Vic Hollo caught a massive 22-foot great white shark in 1982. The shark was one of the biggest great whites to ever be captured. Vic has said that there are probably even bigger sharks in the ocean.

Vic Hollo is known to be a controversial shark hunter. He is very open and vocal about his belief that it is entirely possible for great white sharks to develop a taste for humans.

Vic has said that 100 swimmers disappear in the ocean every year, and that their bodies are never found.

He even stated that he has caught several sharks with human limbs found in their stomachs.

4. This great white shark caught in Cuba in 1945 is often referred to as the Cuban “monster shark.” The shark was allegedly 7,000 pounds, and measured 21 feet in length.

When the shark was caught, the entire village came out to take photos with it. Some children even sat on top of the shark for the picture.

Analysis done years letter by shark research experts states that the size and weight of the Cuban monster shark may have been overstated.

Researchers say that the accurate measurement of the shark is 16 feet in length, and that the weight would be impossible to determine from a photo.

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5. A massive great white shark was captured in Seven Star Lake in Hualien County, Taiwan on May, 1997. The weight of the shark was 5,500 pounds.

The shark was estimated to be between 6.7 and 7 meters long, which is roughly 22 to 23 feet in length.

Seven Star Lake (Qixingtan) is a large stretch of coastline located in Taiwan. The enormous great white shark was caught in a set-net, which is a type of fishing net held in a fixed position.

It is quite possibly one of the largest great white shark captures to ever be measured and recorded.

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