Divers Risk It All to Swim Next to Biggest Great White Shark Ever Recorded

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.

Oliphant stated:

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.”

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Words and photo by co-founder @juansharks using @aquatech_imagingsolutions ・・・ PERSPECTIVE ❤️ Deep Blue going straight to @oceanramsey 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. So much more that needs to be applied for diving with sharks safely, to #coexist Ocean wrote a nice disclaimer for people wanting to just jump in the water with a shark like Deep Blue. Disclaimer: I highly discourage people from jumping into the water purposely with Great #WhiteSharks and TigerSharks and all sharks should be given respect as space as wild animals and PROTECTION from wasteful killing for their important ecological role. I work daily in the water with sharks as a shark biologist and teach public and professional safety programs through @OneoceanResearch and @OneOceanDiving and through a number of our international projects which also includes #greatWhiteShark research specifically. I try hard to replace fear with scientific facts and encourage a healthy level of respect for sharks as #apexPredatorsNotMonsters but not puppies…but not monsters. They are sharks and I love and respect them for what they are. Yes I absolutely LOVE sharks and have a deep understanding and respect for their capabilities combined with well over a decade of full time experience working in-water with them.  My life mission, passion, and I think purpose is to help further conservation efforts for them through research, conservation, design, and immersive and impactful programs and outreach. Please check out all the divisions of #OneOceanDiving listed below for more information and please help us to ban #sharkfinning #sharkfishing #sharksportfishing and #sharkculling around the world. I just found out the the bill to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays in Hawaii will be re-introduced this year in both eh house and senate following all the positive shark press that has come from this incredible encounter in the last few days. Mahalo nui loa (thank you) to all those who support efforts for shark conservation

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#Jaws was a fictitious film whose poster kind of looks like this, so this is my effort at an Anti-Jaws type media piece @savingjawsmovie . I’ve been swimming with sharks my whole life and working professionally with them for over 15 years. There’s a challenge I have in my efforts, to find a balance between helping people to overcome their fear of sharks that often stems for fictitious demonizing media and instilling a healthy level of respect for sharks as very capable apex predators #ApexPredatorNotMonster not puppy (cause if you pet puppies often even puppies bite, actually a lot ;)). Having worked with sharks for so long I can fully appreciate what they are capable of because I have been rushed by sharks and had to deter them and I have had to leave the water and I have watched them actively predate and compete for space and have confrontations.  However, I’ve also had the most incredible moments of my life in the water with them where 99.9% of the time they cruise gracefully around and so long as I keep looking around and pay attention constantly and quietly and give respect and attention to the more dominant individuals and challenging juveniles on a CONSTANT bases I am treated as more or less an equal predator.  Never complacent, always respectful and adapting at every second to every movement. I reached the point long ago where I dedicated my life to conservation and I love it, I love educating people about sharks and introducing them to them in a professional guided situation through the program I co-founded @oneoceandiving where we also collect data @oneoceanresearch @oneoceansharks and help support conservation through @Oneoceanconservation and @OneoceanEducation and @Oneoceanglobal @Waterinspired @oneoceanhawaii and other with funds from @oneoceandesigns and diving I love studying shark behavior and body language and its an absolute pleasure to share that with people and help them to better appreciate sharks and I hope inspire them to help save them.  Check out http://HelpSaveSharks.Org for more ways to get involved. #Aloha #hawaii #greatWhiteHawaii #SaveTheOcean #ocean #discoversharks #oneoceanconservation #OneOceanDiving PHOTO CREDIT @juansharks ❤️

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In addition to this Ramsey stated:

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.”