Divers encounter one of the largest great white sharks — Deep Blue

Shark diver encounters huge sharks in Hawaii

A group of divers near Oahu were monitoring tiger sharks feeding off a decomposed sperm whale when they encountered a giant great white shark, reports The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Oliphant, who photographed the now-viral images, said it's unclear if the shark is the famed Deep Blue, believed to be the largest great white ever recorded.

Mr Oliphant later added two more photos, naming the shark "Deep Blue". "She was rubbing herself against our boat while rough toothed dolphins played on the tip of her snout", Ramsey described in an Instagram post.

"We have the pictures in our database and confirmed that the shark that was seen Sunday is Deep Blue, but the one she dove with is not", says Martin Graf, who has access to the Guadalupe Island photo-identification database and runs an expedition company which specializes in trips there. But generally they're wild animals and apex predators and we want to give them the space they deserve.

Guadalupe Island, off Mexico's Baja California, is seasonal home to dozens of great white sharks, which migrate as far west as Hawaii during the winter, according to tagging research.

Interviewed by NBC's Today Show, Ocean talked about how much swimming with the shark meant to her.

Photographers have swum alongside the biggest great white shark ever snapped on film.

The company defended Ms Ramsey as "a highly qualified shark advocate" who "has studied them for years".

Ms Ramsey said her experience working with sharks has driven home to her how necessary their co-existence is to the health of marine environments.

The shark, Ramsey said, was 20 feet long and 8 feet wide.

"Shark populations around the planet are severely declined", she said. She spoke to Inside Edition about the close encounter. "You can't hate them for being predators".

Divers on the scene swam cageless with the great white, which Ramsey said was "probably the most gentle white I've ever seen".

'If you asked me a few days ago what the most fantastic thing I've ever seen in Hawaiian waters the answer probably would be pretty different, ' Jefferies said.

Jason Redulla, chief of the state's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, said in a news release: "We're asking people to stay out of the water around this carcass".

Speaking to Mother Board, George Burgess, a former professor at the University of Florida, warned: "Most of the time, that shark won't turn around and bite you". "Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or to get photographs, but it is truly risky to be around this carcass with so much shark activity", he said.

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