When folks from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration towed a dead whale off a Hawaiian beach earlier this month because it was attracting tiger sharks, no one expected one of the biggest Great White sharks ever recorded to show up.

But that’s actually what happened. On top of that, the Great White was tentatively identified as Deep Blue, a 50-year-old, 20-foot/six-meter-long shark that had been originally tagged about 20 years ago off Guadelupe Island, Mexico.

Shark advocate Ocean Ramsey, who with her team had gone out to check out the tiger sharks feeding off the dead whale, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the tigers split when Deep Blue showed up.

Video and photos of her diving alongside the shark — and even touching it — went viral.

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PHOTO BY @juansharks 😍😱🤭😳😍 Maybe my fav photo of me (@oceanramsey) and Shark ohana 🦈 of all time so far 😳😍😱 It’s so hard to choose, so many beautiful moments I am so eternally grateful for sharks please help save them. I am without words and at the same time I think I never stop speaking up for sharks, I am grateful beyond measure for my experiences and what they have taught me. This photo was taken yesterday off my home waters of Oahu, Hawaii when hey Shark I think I’ve met previously in Isla Guadalupe graced us with her big beautiful incredible presence 💙 I headed out with my team from @oneoceandiving (my ❤️ @juansharks ) and @mermaid_kayleigh @forrest.in.focus @camgrantphotography for a day I will never forget. I’ve been trying to get the bill re-introduced in Hawaii to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays and this just feels like the biggest sign to keep pushing forward for more protection for them. Shark populations around the planet are severely declined. They need protection from targeted shark fishing for shark been soup and sport fishing. Please speak up in your own community and help support international efforts. #helpsavesharks #savesharks #shark #greatwhiteshark #sharks #oceanramseyandgreatwhite #oceanramseygreatwhite PHOTO BY #JUANSHARKS #Sharkphotographer #Sharkarma #savetheocean #instagood Join me at my team to learn about sharks OneOceanDiving.Com @oneoceanresearch @oneoceanconservation @oneoceaneducation @oneoceanglobal @oneoceanhawaii @waterinspired New conservation benefit tiger shark biomimicry wetsuit by @xcelwetsuits #instagram #discoversharks #instagood #ocean #incredible #amazing #beautiful Photo by @juansharks 😘😍❤️🦈❤️

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“Maybe my fav photo of me (@oceanramsey) and Shark ohana ? of all time so far ??? It’s so hard to choose, so many beautiful moments I am so eternally grateful for sharks please help save them. I am without words and at the same time I think I never stop speaking up for sharks, I am grateful beyond measure for my experiences and what they have taught me. This photo was taken yesterday off my home waters of Oahu, Hawaii when hey Shark I think I’ve met previously in Isla Guadalupe graced us with her big beautiful incredible presence ? I headed out with my team from @oneoceandiving (my ?? @juansharks ) and @mermaid_kayleigh @forrest.in.focus @camgrantphotography for a day I will never forget. I’ve been trying to get the bill re-introduced in Hawaii to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays and this just feels like the biggest sign to keep pushing forward for more protection for them. Shark populations around the planet are severely declined. They need protection from targeted shark fishing for shark been soup and sport fishing. Please speak up in your own community and help support international efforts.”

Needless to say, not everyone was happy with Ramsey’s close contact:

“swimming unprotected with this species where it cannot see you very well is not a good idea… I don’t think swimming with white sharks unprotected is a good idea when they are feeding”

. . . to which Ramsey subsequently issued a disclaimer on Instagram:

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Post via @oceanramsey 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 and marine conservation. #gratitude #helpsavesharks #finbannow #sharkarma #savesharks #Sharkconservation #sharkresearch. IMAGE © MY AMAZING FIANCE @JUANSHARKS co-founder of @oneoceandiving and @waterinspired also diving with my amazing one ocean shark ohana @mermaid_kayleigh @Forrest.in.focus and @camgrantphotography  Photo credit: #JuanSharks #JuanOliphant @JuanSharks Photo of a massive 20ft gorgeous female white shark and a rough tooth dolphin swimming up to me in my home waters of #Hawaii #Aloha #MalamaManō #Aumakua #Manō

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“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 #sharkcullingaround the world. I just found out 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 and marine conservation.”

Check out the video below.

Featured image credit: Juan Oliphant

7 COMMENTS

  1. Having witnessed a great white shark attack a surfer 30 ft from me at St Clair beach NZ in 1971. I would not advise people swimming with white sharks.
    In the space of 3yrs three people, two life guards and a diver , were attacked and killed by white sharks in the waters around Dunedin NZ.
    There are many more attacks in Australian waters and many more fatalities, one as recently as January 2019.
    Swim with this apex predator if you wish but dont promote the lie that they are not dangerous.
    Ewan McDougall
    Dunedin
    NZ

  2. These killer sharks are not going to someone’s living room and biting them, right??? Oh know, let’s go into the shark’s living room and blame the shark. I got an idea stay out of the water and you will never ever get bitten!!! They live in the water!! You don’t go swimming where crocodiles are and you know they kill to survive. How does a shark survive?? It kills to survive. We have to have to sharks because the sharks make the ecosystem stay afloat. Sharks eat dolphins and other things because they eat a lot of fish that we like to eat. Just stay out of the sharks living room and everything will be alright!!! Sharks don’t bother us we bother them!!! SIMPLE

  3. Yeah, I just dont see where you’re getting that she’s saying they’re not dangerous. Just asking people not to needlessly kill them for sport and soup. The whole 20ft apex-predator part should be a pretty clear indication of the animals capabilities. We just need less fear-mongering and more perspective, like, champagne corks killing more than twice as many people on average annually. No one runs or hits the deck when someone’s popping a bottle though. No, Joe Public has no business swimming with sharks. But, she shows quite effectively that they aren’t just monsters out to get us.

  4. I do not believe that is even close to what Ramsey was promoting at all. Ramsey is a professional with a vast amount of experience in the field. A lifeguard is by no stretch a shark expert and divers like regular beach swimmers take risks when they enter a sharks natural habitat.

  5. Shrs actually harrassig the animal leave it be. It’s not all about you. And don’t take credit for those who worked very hard for the shark bill. All you did was take a pic. Your very irresponsible and no different than the guys from jackass doing dangerous pranks.

  6. All she is saying is SIMPLY NOT to go around killing them for no real logical reason..she’s.an expert at dealing with them so nothing’s wrong with what she is doing…what i’d suggest tho is for the amateurs to keep out of their REACH coz the whole experience might end with very different RESULTS

  7. The only reason she is in the water with deep blue …remember she said it was eating whale carcus and she was full already ..thats were her knowledge comes into play ..or beleive me if deep blue was hungry she would be eaten alive in a quick second boom gone…

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