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Divers off the coast of Oahu's North Shore had the rare treat last week of swimming and frolicking with a large white shark, widely believed to be one of the largest in the world, and exciting inter-species meeting was captured on video.
Ocean Ramsey, who independently studies sharks and conducts cage-free diving tours from Hawaii, was in the water with her team and watched a group of tiger sharks feeding on a devastating sperm whale on Tuesday when she suddenly spotted Deep Blue as the 20-foot long female sharks are called.
"I waited quietly and patiently and observed when she swam up to the dead sperm whale body and then slowly to me," wrote Ramsey on Instagram.
When the whale came closer, Ramsey extended his arm toward the massive shark "to maintain a space so that her circumference could pass."
Finally, Ramsey's glove streamed on the shark. "What some do not know is that sometimes sharks are looking for touch," she said.
It seems that the possibly pregnant behemoth was in a particularly playful mood, according to Ramsey, who noted that the apex predator was flanked by two rough dolphins "dancing around her."
Big whites "are not the mindless monsters they are portrayed as", she added in a separate post.
But Ramsey urged the public not to carefully tread into haunted waters, regardless of the size of the animals. "They are capable of predators who need and deserve respect," she said in another Instagram post.
Ramsey told Honolulu Star Advertiser that Deep Blue looks like she is pregnant. "She's shockingly wide," Ramsey observed.
Marine biologists have certainly not identified Deep Blue as the star of the video, but Chris Lowe, director of the shark lab at California State University of Long Beach, told NPR the great white markings that fit the internet-known creature who first made a splash then She was captured on camera five years ago.
Lowe also said it was sensible that it would be Deep Blue, because "female sharks usually swim out to the middle of the Pacific, sometimes as far as Hawaii, for two years before coming back to California or Mexico to have their puppies. "
" No one knows for sure why they do it, "continued Lowe, explaining that Deep Blue was spotted off California's coast over a year ago.
Based on tracking data, female sharks typically return to the west coast – either Baja California, Mexico or California – in the early spring to hand over their puppies.
Regardless, Lowe said tagging data shows that three female sharks have been feasting on the "liquid buffet", which is the dead sperm whale out of Oahu.
"For a woman who carries six babies – two to ten babies born about 4 and a half to 5 feet long and weighs about 40 pounds a piece – it's more than just a meal. Thanksgiving feasts all at once, "he said.
Shark populations around Hawaii have been declining for years, and Ramsey said she hopes Deep Blues moment in the spotlight will also shine on the much-needed shark protection legislation.
"There are currently no laws to protect sharks from being killed" except for a ban on killing them for their fins, "she wrote in a statement." And even that law has many loopholes, "she added.  Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Ramsey trying to support support for a measure to ban the deliberate killing of sharks that could be introduced in the state house later this month.