While diving off the Hawaiian coast, not far from the coasts of Oahu, a group of divers had a once-in-a-lifetime – and undoubtedly unexpected – event. The researchers came upon a gigantic monster while observing a swarm of tiger sharks feeding.
As part of a NOAA study, Ramsey Ocean and her crew proceeded to explore the tiger sharks when they met face-to-face with Deep Blue, the biggest great white shark ever seen. A very terrifying presence since the female is over 2,200 pounds and is 20 feet long, yet the divers showed they have steel nerves by even getting close to the enormous shark.
“We saw a group of tiger sharks and then she came up and all the other [sharks] split,” Ramsey told 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.”
Ramsay quickly identified the woman as Deep Blue since she had already seen the well-known animal. Anyway, the divers thought she was probably pregnant this time. The largest great white shark on Earth, Deep Blue is estimated to be over 50 years old. She is the kindest giant, though.
“She’s probably the most gentle great white I’ve ever seen,” the diver said. “She looks like she may be pregnant: She’s shockingly wide. But pregnant females are actually the safest ones to be with, the biggest oldest ones, because they’ve seen it all-including us.”
Even though for many, including Ramsay and her team, swimming with sharks is a tremendous experience, getting close to these creature can be extremely dangerous. That’s why even Ramsay doesn’t recommend to free-cage swim with great white sharks, unless you’re a very experienced diver.
Here you can watch the incredible moment these divers swim next to giant Deep Blue!