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Geoff Nuttall great white shark

Great White Shark diving in Guadalupe

Geoff Nuttall

Shark Facts:

  • Sex - Male
  • Size - 13 foot
  • Identification - Large “notch” missing from dorsal fin, “Blotches” down left flank, intelligent and adaptable

Geoff Nuttall shark profile

Geoff Nuttall was first documented in 2003 and has been seen almost every year since. He is a cunning and intelligent animal who has adapted and honed his hunting strategy over the years, making him very popular with our divers.

He is very easy to identify as he has a large “notch” missing from the top trailing edge of his dorsal fin. Although he is not the largest of sharks, we predict Geoff is a slightly older animal as he also bears the same curious “blotches” as some of the other older sharks such as Bruce and Heracles.

Over the years our team have got to know particular sharks and their unique behaviours very well indeed. Geoff is one of those sharks. He has a very specific and adapted technique to grab the bait from our bait handlers. To do this, he disappears under the hull of the boat and then races out with great speed, surprising our crew and often coming away with his prize! If the bait handler is quick enough to see him coming in time to pull the bait away, Geoff will then often breach halfway from the water determined not to give up on his target!

Has Geoff learned this unique strategy over time? We certainly believe so. It has been proven with other species of sharks that they can learn, adapt and be conditioned with repetition. We have witnessed Geoff Nuttall change his behaviour over time, proving that he is a very successful and adaptable predator. We love interactions with this charismatic male shark and so do all our guests onboard!

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