Divers pictured swimming with 2.5 tonne great white shark off the coast of Hawaii

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Fearless divers have been seen swimming alongside one of the biggest great white sharks on record


A six-metre, 2.5-tonne great white shark has been attracting attention off the coast of Hawaii since Tuesday. The shark appeared off the coast of Oahu to feast on the carcass of a sperm whale - and local divers have taken advantage of the situation to snap a few pictures with the animal.

Many believe the female shark to be the legendary "Deep Blue", a famous Great White that's estimated to be at least 50 years old.

Diver and model Ocean Ramsey, who posted videos of her diving with the magnificent creature on Instagram, told the Honolulu Star Adviser about her experience swimming with the shark. "We saw a few (tiger sharks) and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat", she said, adding that "She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post".

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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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"We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day", Ramsey recalled. The water is usually too warm in Hawaii for these kinds of sharks to swim in, which makes the sighting all the most extraordinary.

Ocean, though, discourages people from following her lead and swimming with sharks. "Even smaller sharks are capable predators who need and deserve respect. However, they are not the mindless monsters they are portrayed in the media, as you can see. 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.

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I waited quietly, patiently, observing as she swam up to the dead sperm whale carcass and then slowly to me passing close enough I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass. I know some people criticize touch but what some don’t realize is that sometimes sharks seek touch, she swam away escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins who danced around her over to one of my @oneoceandiving shark research vessels and proceeded to use it as a scratching post, passing up feeding for another need. I wish more people would have a connection with sharks and the natural world, because then they would understand that it’s not petting sharks or pushing them off to maintain a respectable space that is hurting sharks (because trust me if she didn’t like being pet she can handle and communicate ?) it’s the wasteful and cruel practice of grabbing and catching sharks to cut off their fins (which slowly kills them) for #sharkfinsoup in a process called #sharkfinning or the wasteful #sharkfishing or #sharksportfishing If it bothers you that I touched the shark please click on one of the hashtags above and leave them a negative comment first ? #HelpSaveSharks #SpreadAwareness #FinBanNow #bansharkfinning #Sharkfin Vid shot on my @gopro #gopro3000 #goproforacause out with @oneoceandiving with @juansharks ❤️ @mermaid_kayleigh ? @camgrantphotography ❤️ @forrest.in.focus ? @oneoceanresearch @oneoceanglobal @waterinspired @oneoceansharks @oneoceanhawaii @oneoceaneducation #savetheocean #sharktouch #touchingsharks #oneoceanteam #discoversharks #discoverocean #greatwhitesharkinhawaii #freedivingwithsharks #whitesharkhawaii #deadwhalehawaii #dolphinsandsharks #?? #Hawaii #sharka ???

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Interviewed by NBC's Today Show, Ocean talked about how much swimming with the shark meant to her. "It fills my heart with joy and takes my breath away,” she said.

"Truthfully, they swim past surfers, swimmers, and divers all day every day, and it’s so rare they ever make a mistake. It’s less than 10 human fatalities globally annually. And yet, people kill 70 to 100 million sharks every year", she commented. "It’s just so sad that so many people around the world would think ‘monster’ and want to kill her".

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