There is a giant predator that is identified as “Deep Blue”. He is thought to be the world’s largest great white shark measuring up to 20 feet long, 8 feet across, and weighing in at about 2.5 tons. Scientists estimated this shark to be about 50 years old. He was tagged and named by scientists at a performance off the coast of Mexico over 20 years ago.
Just recently a couple of divers took part in a daring photoshoot with it after it was discovered swimming near Hawaii. Deep Blue was first seen on Sunday last week by Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries, both divers and photographers.
When they saw it, they dove head first into the opportunity to capture this beast on camera. Along with conservationist and professional shark diver Ms. Ramsey, the pair quickly jumped into the water to take a closer look at the creature as it fed on a dead sperm whale about nine miles off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Check out this remarkable video that was shot near Jeffries:
Ms. Ramsey is the one you see in the photo and video “holding hands” with the great white. She and her team had been in the area to film tiger sharks feeding on a dead sperm whale carcass when the great white arrived unexpectedly. Ms. Ramsey told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
“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.”
Ms. Ramsey has had plenty of experience swimming with sharks. She spends her life studying sharks and she advocates for their conservation and leads cage-free shark diving tours.
Bear in mind though, the fact that these marine conservationists did this doesn’t mean it’s safe. Chief Jason Redull, of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, warns the public that people should stay out of the water around the dead whale. He explains:
“We don’t want anyone to get hurt if a shark swimming around the carcass mistakes them as food. Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or to get photographs, but it is truly dangerous to be around this carcass with so much shark activity.”
Ms. Ramsey disagrees that people should fear sharks so much as it is leading to their demise. She said the images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark proves the predators should be protected, not feared. She believes there is not enough encouragement and effort into helping with shark conservation because the media portrays them as monsters. That is why she wanted to show the softer side of the shark with her photos and video, even though she is getting a lot of negative feedback for it now. She is ok with the consequences, as long as people can see the truth. Sharks are nice animals that are important to the marine ecosystem and need to be protected.