In 2019, Jalil Najafov, a photographer, filmmaker and shark conservationist, spotted the shark swimming near his boat while exploring the coastal waters of Mexico with his friends. Upon closer look, they were shocked to see the giant bite mark.
Speaking to CNN travel, Mr Najafov said: ”I was really surprised since I never saw something like this in my life.”
The filmmaker dived into the ocean below with his GoPro7 waterproof camera to capture a clear shot of the great white shark with the bite.
Unfortunately, since then, Mr Najafov misplaced the memory card that stored the images of the shark, which is why he was only able to share them nearly two years later.
The conservationist was excited about the image, saying: “I have been working with sharks and shark content for many years – I have a lot of experience in this niche.
“I know for sure when I see something rare, I have never seen such a huge shark scar.”
After sharing the image on Instagram, the mysterious bite led to a lot of commenters speculating it could have come from a Megalodon, an ancient, enormous shark species that lived millions of years ago.
The Megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators to have ever lived, and some scientists believe that it would have looked similar to a great white shark.
The most common fossils that archaeologists have founder are that of the prehistoric creature’s teeth, which are larger than any shark’s teeth that they have ever seen.