World's biggest great white shark spotted off the coast of Hawaii
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 19, 2019,
Jan 19, 2019, 1:12
Last spotted in Mexico in July 2018, Deep Blue earned her crown as one of the biggest great whites in 2014 during an episode of Shark Week, according to Motherboard, which cited researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla as giver of the title.
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. The divers "spent the entire day with her till the sun went down", Ramsey wrote.
While most people would be terrified to come close to a shark that big, Ramsey was at peace with the moment. "In my experience, this is the most mellow white shark I have ever had the privilege and honor of meeting", she wrote on an Instagram video of her and the Great White.
"Social media is definitely whipping this into a frenzy", said Jason Redulla, chief enforcement officer with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. "We've now confirmed with scientists that they are indeed unique individuals and we're working to get IDs out for everyone". "Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or to get photographs, but it is truly unsafe to be around this carcass with so much shark activity".
The carcass will likely be towed farther out into the ocean once "calmer seas return", the state agency said, adding "anyone tempted to touch the whale or remove any of the remains could face federal and state charges that could mean hefty fines and jail time".
She said the images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove the predators should be protected, not feared.
Deep Blue has pigment markings around her tail and gills that make her unique.
On Tuesday, Ramsey and her fiance Juan Oliphant came across a shark that either is Deep Blue herself, or another shark almost the same size and with similar markings.
The company defended Ms Ramsey as "a highly qualified shark advocate" who "has studied them for years".
But not everyone agrees that Deep Blue is in fact the biggest shark out there. "I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass". Kimberly Jeffries, wrote: 'If you asked me a few days ago what the most wonderful thing I've ever seen in Hawaiian waters the answer probably would be pretty different.
A rare find off Hawaii is captivating shark lovers around the world.