Divers Swim With Massive 20 Foot Great White Shark In ‘Magical Encounter’

Jan 19, 2019, 01:13
Divers Swim With Massive 20 Foot Great White Shark In ‘Magical Encounter’

Ramsey said her team had been monitoring tiger sharks feeding when the legendary great white made her surprise appearance.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement that the decomposing whale carcass had drifted about 13 kilometres south of Pearl Harbour after being towed 24 kilometres offshore days earlier.

Deep Blue has pigment markings around her tail and gills that make her unique.

"Deep Blue" was the subject of a documentary and has previously been spotted near Guadalupe Island off the western coast of Mexico.

"We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat", she said.

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Photographer Juan Oliphant has challenged the public's perceptions of sharks after snapping a photo of his fiancée Ocean Ramsey, who is a marine biologist, with the giant shark in waters off Oahu, Hawaii. "If you want to talk about sharks being not unsafe, get your picture taken with a different species, not that one".

Great whites are extremely rare in Hawaii and the team said it was an "extremely special" day for everyone involved.

As shark news goes, it doesn't get much bigger than this.

Researchers say the fish was originally tagged about 20 years ago when the great white shark was given its nautical name.

Ramsey touched the shark as it swam by and, while noting that some divers frown upon this, added that "sometimes sharks seek touch".

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Ramsey, who's spent the past 10 years studying sharks and working to protect them, estimated the female shark to be 50 years old, weigh more than 2 tons and stretch 8-ft. wide and 20-ft. long.

But not everyone agrees that Deep Blue is in fact the biggest shark out there. "There were two rough-tooth dolphins escorting her, nudging on her fins, twirling around her nose", she said. So they did exactly what you'd expect them to do. I don't want to see great whites are puppies and you should just jump in and pet them.

One local, Derin Goya, recently shared drone footage that shows sharks circling and biting at the carcass.

Despite having dived with sharks for 15 years and studied 30 shark species, she said the encounter will stay with her for the rest of her life.

In her video of the encounter posted on Instagram, Ms Ramsey is seen touching the beast, something that is often criticised but she wrote that sharks sometimes "seek touch". "Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or to get photographs, but it is truly unsafe to be around this carcass with so much shark activity", agency official Jason Redull said.

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