Divers Swim Right Next To One Of World’s Biggest Great White Sharks Ever Recorded

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That’s not a shark, this is a shark.

Hate to use the old knifey-spooney line, but did you see the size of that?

The divers that spotted what could be the largest great white shark ever recorded are using their experience to push for legislation to protect the incredible creatures in Hawaii.

Ocean Ramsey and Juan Oliphant from One Ocean Diving and Research spotted the 20-foot shark on January 15 not far from a dead sperm whale off Oahu, Associated Press reports.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said it was aware of the photos and tiger sharks have also been feeding on the whale.

Oliphant, who took the stunning images of the shark, said it’s unclear if it’s the famed Deep Blue, believed to be the largest great white ever recorded.

He said:

She looks the part right now. Maybe even more exciting that there is another massive, you know, super-size great white shark out there. Because their populations are so dwindling.

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Overjoyed at all the positive attention sharks are getting right now. There will always be critics who have their own motives but it still makes me really happy because for the first time in my life more people than ever actually care about sharks 🥰….Now if only people would spend that time writing about shark finning or to shark fishermen or to politicians to help save them rather than spreading hate and trying to create drama then WOW just think of how many laws and minds we could change and sharks we could save if we worked together 😉😉 So grateful for this magical encounter and the opportunity to raise awareness for sharks on a global scale ❤️🙌🏽 The interviews addressing things like #SharkCulling in Australia or the #SharkFinBan law that needs to be passed in florida or very excited to say that because of all of this we got the bill to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays reintroduced into the house and senate in #hawaii So thrilled, happy, and grateful for sharks and all the people out there supporting shark and marine conservation and good research (not the kind of “research” that kills sharks)  Speak our against #SharkFishing Much #lava #love and such happy positive vibes 🙂 #Grateful #biggerpicture #FocusOnSavingSharks #HelpSaveSharks #SaveSharks #SaveTheOcean #Aumakua #Malamamanō #Gratitude #Joy #Happy #Beautiful #Best #SharksInHawaii Watch my story for more unreleased footage and links to some incredible people Photo of a big beautiful white shark in #Hawaii and a rough toothed dolphin cruising together by my #JuanAndOnly @juansharks @oneoceandiving #notTouching 😉😘 ❤️🦈❤️ #sharksareamazing #oceanramsey

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Ramsey, who runs One Ocean and Diving Research with Oliphant, has been pushing for legislation that would ban the killing of sharks and rays in Hawaii, and hopes it will become law this year.

The images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove the predators should be protected, not feared, she said.

Unlike many other marine mammals, sharks are not a federally protected species.

However, you shouldn’t be throwing on your swimwear to go and get a closer look, especially when the sharks are chowing down on some good old whale carcass.

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#Jaws was a fictitious film whose poster kind of looks like this, so this is my effort at an Anti-Jaws type media piece @savingjawsmovie . I’ve been swimming with sharks my whole life and working professionally with them for over 15 years. There’s a challenge I have in my efforts, to find a balance between helping people to overcome their fear of sharks that often stems for fictitious demonizing media and instilling a healthy level of respect for sharks as very capable apex predators #ApexPredatorNotMonster not puppy (cause if you pet puppies often even puppies bite, actually a lot ;)). Having worked with sharks for so long I can fully appreciate what they are capable of because I have been rushed by sharks and had to deter them and I have had to leave the water and I have watched them actively predate and compete for space and have confrontations.  However, I’ve also had the most incredible moments of my life in the water with them where 99.9% of the time they cruise gracefully around and so long as I keep looking around and pay attention constantly and quietly and give respect and attention to the more dominant individuals and challenging juveniles on a CONSTANT bases I am treated as more or less an equal predator.  Never complacent, always respectful and adapting at every second to every movement. I reached the point long ago where I dedicated my life to conservation and I love it, I love educating people about sharks and introducing them to them in a professional guided situation through the program I co-founded @oneoceandiving where we also collect data @oneoceanresearch @oneoceansharks and help support conservation through @Oneoceanconservation and @OneoceanEducation and @Oneoceanglobal @Waterinspired @oneoceanhawaii and other with funds from @oneoceandesigns and diving I love studying shark behavior and body language and its an absolute pleasure to share that with people and help them to better appreciate sharks and I hope inspire them to help save them.  Check out http://HelpSaveSharks.Org for more ways to get involved. #Aloha #hawaii #greatWhiteHawaii #SaveTheOcean #ocean #discoversharks #oneoceanconservation #OneOceanDiving PHOTO CREDIT @juansharks ❤️

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Ramsey said extensive training and time spent studying shark behaviour has kept her team and customers safe. She teaches people about how to act and, more importantly, not act when they encounter a shark in the water.

One Ocean Diving observe behaviour, identify and tag sharks, and share data with researchers as well as state and federal officials. She said she’s previously swam with the giant sharks on trips to Guadalupe Island, Mexico. She also leads cage-free shark diving tours (no thank you very much).

Ramsey added:

There’s not a lot of sympathy for sharks because of the way they’re portrayed in media and they don’t have the cute cuddly appearance.

You can’t hate them for being predators. We need them for healthy marine ecosystems.

Oliphant said:

The idea that they see people as a food source, that is rubbish and that needs to go away because really that’s ultimately leading to the demise of these animals.

People have been warned to stay out of the water around the dead whale.

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