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Bay of Cojímar
The great white shark caught off Cojímar in 1945 which is allegedly 6.4 m (21 ft) long and weighed an estimated 3,175 kg (7,000 lb).[1] Later studies proved this specimen to be of average maximum size, at around 4.9 m (16 ft) in length.[2]

Cojímar is a small fishing village east of Havana, forming a ward (consejo popular) part of the Habana del Este municipality.


It was an inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.[3] It was also the location where during the 1940s an enormous Great white shark was caught, which is one of the contenders for the largest specimen of all time.[4] However, there is considerable controversy about the accuracy of Great white shark measurements taken before modern times.

The Estadio Panamericano is located southwest of the village.


  1. ^ Echenique, E. J. "A Shark to Remember: The Story of a Great White Caught in 1945". Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.  Home Page of Henry F. Mollet, Research Affiliate, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
  2. ^ Viegas, Jennifer. "Largest Great White Shark Don't Outweigh Whales, but They Hold Their Own". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Lionel Martin (29 August 1994). "The View From Cojimar". Time Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Great White Shark Recorded Sizes". Retrieved 2011-07-18. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Cojímar at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 23°10′N 82°18′W / 23.167°N 82.300°W / 23.167; -82.300