The oceans have the most amazing underworld on the planet and people have always been drawn to check all the extraordinary species living in the deepest part of the ocean. Professional divers have seen all the beauty that the ocean can offer and knowing this they are never afraid to explore. However, there is always some risk as the ocean creatures are not harmless, in fact, they can be very dangerous.
The divers from One Ocean Diving and Research, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher, and conservationist, with her fiancé and business partner, Juan Oliphant, on January 15, 2019 have come across with a white shark. They were diving off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii, when they noticed a large great white shark swimming with many tiger sharks. The shark they have recorded could be one of the largest great white sharks ever seen.
In that area it was not common for a white shark to appear but the carcass of a dead sperm whale attracted it to swim in these parts. The brave divers were bald enough to swim next to it so that to show that the sharks can be gentle, especially the white ones. They thought that they have spotted a “Deep Blue”, one of the largest great whites on record known for its recognizable size and markings. However, this was never truly confirmed.
“She looks the part right now. Maybe even more exciting that there is another massive, you know, super-size great white shark out there. Because their populations are so dwindling.”
Ramsey, that operates the Oahu-based One Ocean Diving and Research, explained how they have come across with the great white shark. They were filming the tiger sharks when the great white shark appeared in front of them. The giant white shark is estimated to be 6.1 to 6.4 meters (20 to 21 feet) long, from nose to tail.
Ramsey reported the following:
“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 was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post. We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day.”
This incident was filmed by Oliphant who shared the video on Instagram, posting the following caption: “GREAT WHITE SHARK.” The posted video went viral immediately with more than 842K views.
The great white sharks are vulnerable species therefore seeing them in flesh is a rare sight in Hawaii since the water is too warm when compared to the cold Pacific coast of California where they feed on sea lions and elephant seals.
This creature is amazingly gigantic and according to the great width Ramsey believed that the creature is pregnant.
Further on, she said:
“I’m without words; it’s heartwarming; she’s probably the most gentle great white I’ve ever seen.
I don’t know how old she is. But for her to survive through so many longline fisheries and, you know, gill nets and team nets and fishermen who might just kill her because they think that she is a monster … it’s very special.”
Oliphant wrote on the Instagram post:
“I try hard to replace fear with scientific facts and encourage a healthy level of respect for sharks as #ApexPredatorsNotMonsters but not puppies… They are sharks and I love and respect them for what they are.”
“There’s not a lot of sympathy for sharks because of the way they’re portrayed in media and they don’t have the cute cuddly appearance. You can’t hate them for being predators. We need them for healthy marine ecosystems.”
It is a fact that the great white shark is a predator, but after all she lives in her own natural habitat in which we are simply guests. Not to mention the fact that people kill between 100 and 273 million sharks every year and there are about five fatalities from sharks.
Nonetheless, they are still dangerous creatures, and if by any chance you encounter one of them Oliphant advises:
“If you are ever approached by a large shark, this is how you want to respond to it, swim away from it slowly to give the shark space in case it is being territorial and always keep eye contact, never turn away and act like prey.”