For most of us, spotting an unusually humongous white shark while out in the sea, would have us running for dear life, but when a team of divers spotted the largest great white shark on the planet they made sure to grab their cameras as quickly as they could before they jumped into the sea, and boy are we glad they did!
A couple of divers who were out at sea saw the shark, nicknamed ‘Deep Blue’ and they were determined to take a closer look as the shark fed on a dead sperm whale, around nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
The enormous predator named Deep Blue is up to 50 years old, weights 2.5 tons and measures 20ft long!
Incredible pictures shot by the divers show them swimming side by side with the amazingly huge shark.
On an Instagram post, Oliphant wrote, “Face to face with the worlds largest great white ever recorded ‘Deep Blue’ with @oceanramsey. I’m still in shock that we spent almost the whole day with this amazing animal in my backyard.
I hope my conservation images like this help people to question their perceptions and realize the beauty, and importance of sharks and I hope that they inspire the kind of compassion and connection we need to have with nature and sharks, to help protect them and coexist alongside them.
Kimberly Jeffries, another of the divers, wrote, “If you asked me a few days ago what the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in Hawaiian waters the answer probably would be pretty different. If you asked me yesterday the answer would be free-diving with Deep Blue, a great white, the largest ever documented, who was last seen in 2013 in Mexico.
If you asked me right now, it would be free-diving with, interacting with and photographing not one but multiple, different great whites AND Deep Blue.”
Deep Blue was last spotted in Mexico in 2013 where it was fitted with a tracker which is how divers were able to identify it this time.