Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 May 2019

Divers come face-to-face with a great white shark - video

The shark, a 50-year-old female weighing 2,500kg swam peacefully with researchers off coast of Hawaii

Perhaps its safe to go back into the water?

Researchers came face-to-face with a six-metre Great White shark swimming off the coast of Hawaii and it happliy swam peacefully with divers for hours.

Marine biologists were watching tiger sharks feast on a dead whale when the much bigger great white appeared.

Named Deep Blue, the shark is a 50-year-old female and weighs 2,500kg. It is believed to be one of the largest in the world.

The shark swam right at the divers and began to check out their boats said Ocean Ramsey, one of the marine biologists in the water at the time.

Deep Blue swims off the coast of Hawaii. @JuanSharks/@OceanRamsey/Juan Oliphant/oneoceandiving.com via Reuters 
Deep Blue swims off the coast of Hawaii. @JuanSharks/@OceanRamsey/Juan Oliphant/oneoceandiving.com via Reuters 

"Deep Blue came up and brushed up against the boat, maybe she's pregnant, maybe she's itchy?" Ramsey wrote on Instagram.

"We spent the entire day with her till the sun went down."

Ramsey, a shark conservationist, posted pictures and video of the encounter to show great whites are not "mindless monsters".

"We need sharks and yet, perhaps because of the negative and inaccurate way they are portrayed in mass media many people do not care that they are being killed at a rate of 70,000,000-100,000,000 every year!" she said, criticising the mass slaughter of the creatures to make shark-fin soup.

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The great white is uncommon in Hawaii's warm waters, but hunger could have driven Deep Blue out of her comfort zone, Ramsey said.

The rotting whale carcass off the coast of Oahu has drawn packs of divers keen to see the sea life it attracts, but state wildlife officials have warned on Facebook for them to stay away.

Updated: January 19, 2019 01:03 PM

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