Researchers come face-to-face with massive great white shark

20 January, 2019, 13:30 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Ocean Ramsey swims with sharks in Hawaii

He argued that Ramsey, with her considerable social media following, should be more mindful of the potentially negative influence she has over her followers.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, it's unusual to see Great Whites in Hawaii, as they are usually found on the cooler California coast, eating sea lions and elephant seals.

Ocean Ramsey, the marine biologist in Hawaii who swam with the great white shark, said Friday on "Today" that she had no reason to be nervous.

"We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat", she said.

Ms Ramsey, who operates Oahu-based One Ocean Diving and Research with Mr Oliphant, said the images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove the predators should be protected, not feared.

However, swimmers should still take caution while near them, especially within proximity of where they eat.

Despite that, Jeffries said that her experience with "Deep Blue" was different than with other sharks she has worked with.


Conservationist Ocean Ramsey swam beside the shark and placed her hand on its back.

Ramsey and her team observe behavior, identify and tag sharks and share that data with researchers as well as state and federal officials. In an interview on Red Bull's website, Ramsey said, "By swimming with these sharks we are able to show we can co-exist and that they are not going to eat you".

She also leads cage-free shark diving tours.

"Shark populations around Hawaii are unfortunately declining and there are now no laws to protect sharks from being killed for any reason other than only for their fins", the One Ocean Diving team said. "What some don't realize is that sometimes sharks seek touch", she said. I don't want to see great whites are puppies and you should just jump in and pet them.

Ms Ramsey and Mr Oliphant want to make sure that people realise that shark bites are uncommon. "And yet, people kill 70 to 100 million sharks every year", she commented. The bill died in the House when it wasn't heard by the House Judiciary Committee.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement Wednesday that the decomposing whale carcass had drifted to about 13 kilometres south of Pearl Harbor after being towed 24 kilometres offshore days earlier. The shark is believed to be a massive female nicknamed Deep Blue when encountered in 2013 off Baja's Guadeloupe Island, measuring more than an estimated at 18 to 20 feet. And why would everybody be excited about this particular great white? "Thrilled to get some positive shark press out there and the opportunity to reach so many people around the world with a much-needed message of conservation for sharks".

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