Divers in Hawaii discover what they believe is the ‘biggest great white-shark’ ever on record

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 January 2019, 01:34 PM
Biggest great white-shark seen near a Hawaiian island (Photo: Twitter)
Biggest great white-shark seen near a Hawaiian island (Photo: Twitter)

Is the Megalodon from Jason Statham’s Jaw still alive? Divers near the Hawaiian island of Oahu have made a rare discovery over the weekend of what they believe to be the largest great white shark ever recorded in history. The great white shark, which was last spotted 20 years ago at the coast of Mexico has now been nicknamed Deep Blue and researchers estimate the predators to be 50-years-old, weighing in at 2.5 tons.

Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries who first saw the shark feasting on a dead sperm whale on Sunday, boldly swimming alongside the seven-metre giant and capturing stunning pictures of the experience. Ocean Ramsey, one of the divers who studies sharks, told The Star-Advertiser that, based on the shark's size and markings, the shark may be ‘Deep Blue’ one of the largest great whites on record.

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Disclaimer: I highly discourage people from purposely jumping in the water with great white sharks or tiger sharks or any large shark like a bull shark or a Galapagos, even smaller sharks are capable predators who need and deserve respect however they are not the mindless monsters they are portrayed as in the media as you can see. In my experience this is the most mellow #whiteshark I have ever had the privilege and honor of meeting. I have been working with great whites for over 10 years and with sharks in general for over 15 years full-time I work with sharks on a daily basis in a safety and research and conservation program. #saveSharks Sharks are being killed at a rate of 70,000,000 to 100,000,000 please help save sharks. They are Important for a healthy marine ecosystems, and they are beyond amazing 😍😍😍😍#SaveGreatWHITESHARKS !!! I LOVE SHARKS 😍😍😍😍😍 @juansharks @oneoceandiving @oneoceanresearch #helpsavesharks #savesharks #savetheocean #nodrama #lifesamazing #oceanramsey #oneoceandiving with @mermaid_kayleigh @forrest.in.focus @camgrantphotography @oneoceanconservation Going back in the water now #instagram #instanow #instaincredible #discoversharks #ocean #discoverocean #Repost from 2 days ago surveying sharks off #oahu with #oneoceanresearch and #oneoceandiving

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PHOTO BY @juansharks 😍😱🤭😳😍 Maybe my fav photo of me (@oceanramsey) and Shark ohana 🦈 of all time so far 😳😍😱 It’s so hard to choose, so many beautiful moments I am so eternally grateful for sharks please help save them. I am without words and at the same time I think I never stop speaking up for sharks, I am grateful beyond measure for my experiences and what they have taught me. This photo was taken yesterday off my home waters of Oahu, Hawaii when hey Shark I think I’ve met previously in Isla Guadalupe graced us with her big beautiful incredible presence 💙 I headed out with my team from @oneoceandiving (my ❤️ @juansharks ) and @mermaid_kayleigh @forrest.in.focus @camgrantphotography for a day I will never forget. I’ve been trying to get the bill re-introduced in Hawaii to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays and this just feels like the biggest sign to keep pushing forward for more protection for them. Shark populations around the planet are severely declined. They need protection from targeted shark fishing for shark been soup and sport fishing. Please speak up in your own community and help support international efforts. #helpsavesharks #savesharks #shark #greatwhiteshark #sharks #oceanramseyandgreatwhite #oceanramseygreatwhite PHOTO BY #JUANSHARKS #Sharkphotographer #Sharkarma #savetheocean #instagood Join me at my team to learn about sharks OneOceanDiving.Com @oneoceanresearch @oneoceanconservation @oneoceaneducation @oneoceanglobal @oneoceanhawaii @waterinspired New conservation benefit tiger shark biomimicry wetsuit by @xcelwetsuits #instagram #discoversharks #instagood #ocean #incredible #amazing #beautiful Photo by @juansharks 😘😍❤️🦈❤️

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Deep Blue, possibly the biggest White Shark identified at nearly 7 meters. While last spotted in Mexico, she came on a Hawaii all-you-can-eat vacation. Here, @hapakimberly drops to take some photos of her in front of a sperm whale carcass - notice all the chunks of whale and oil floating around. Kimberly was first to spot her on 13 January 2019, and Kimberly and I confirmed the ID with the white shark authority, @iphotographsharks this morning - thank you! Also present were @laurashark007, @meg_siren, @mitswerdna, @dannyrobertsphotos, plus Andrew and Daren. Thank you all for the surface support, surface photos and videos, and putting up with the smell ☺️ • • #deepblue #greatwhiteshark #greatwhite #whiteshark • • • • #natgeo #sonyimages #freediver #underwater #uwphoto #natgeowild #ocearch #ocean #freediving #sharkdiving #bestdayever #sonya7riii #bealpha #aloha #hawaii #oahu #unreal @ocearch #fearless #shark #sharks

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"I’m without words; it’s heartwarming; she’s probably the most gentle great white I’ve ever seen," Ramsey told The Star-Advertiser.

Ms Jeffries, who first spotted ‘Deep Blue’’ also shared images and videos in their social media accounts, Jeffries in her Instagram account captioned, “I waited quietly, patiently, observing as she swam up to the dead sperm whale carcass and then slowly to me, passing close enough I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass.”

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“I know some people criticise touch but what some don’t realize is that sometimes sharks seek touch, she swam away escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins who danced around her,” she continued. 

Ms Jeffries along with other activists are now calling for a bill to be re-introduced in the Hawaii legislature that would ban the killing of sharks and stingrays, and other marine lives which are being killed in a rapid speed.

First Published: Friday, January 18, 2019 01:32 PM
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