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‘Deep Blue,’ Largest Great White Shark on Earth, Spotted in Hawaii

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For most normal people, encountering what is believed to be the largest great white shark on the planet would cause nothing but panic. However, for one team of divers, spotting “Deep Blue” was the chance of a lifetime. They grabbed their cameras and dove into the water, giving everyone a chance to see this enormous predator.

Deep Blue weighs an astounding 2.5 tons, is 20 feet long, and is up to 50 years old, according to a report by the Daily Mail. About five years ago, the shark was tagged with a tracker, allowing it to be identified.

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This is a photo I took from yesterday that really justifies this sharks size with @oceanramsey swimming just underneath her pectoral fin. The reality is that this experience should not be such a rare event. White sharks and most species of sharks are disappearing at a alarming rate. There are so many human impacts, but the biggest reason that these impacts on shark populations continue is the perception that sharks like Deep Blue are monsters and that they are actively targeting humans as a food source. This perception and fear of sharks stops people from caring enough to make a change. However I’m seeing the change in perception grow and it needs to keep growing. This caption below is a repost from @originaldiving – – – – – – If this photo demonstrates one thing, it's that sharks are not man-eating monsters to be feared or hunted, they are beautiful, living marine creatures that should be respected and protected – shark numbers are dwindling from fishing pressures and by spreading awareness you can help international efforts to preserve these gentle giants. #cagethefear #replacefearwithfacts #ApexPredatorNotMonster #helpsavesharks #savingjaws diving with @oneoceandiving team @mermaid_kayleigh @forrest.in.focus @camgrantphotography

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Divers discovered Deep Blue off the coast of Hawaii, enjoying an “all you can eat buffet” – a dead sperm whale.

Juan Oliphant, a conservation photographer, and Ocean Ramsey, a marine biologist, seized the opportunity, taking the plunge and capturing amazing photographs of the massive shark.

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@oceanramsey gently guides one of the largest documented #GreatWhiteSharks away from our @oneoceandiving shark research boat in #HAWAII #Oahu The first great white shark I ever swam with was in 2005 off my home #Haleiwa with a similarly large great #whiteshark who also rocked the boat I was on at the time working with sharks. I guess I am lucky that history repeats and not much has changed which made me confident but not complacent during this encounter but what has changed is shark populations are severely declining but for the first time ever I’ve seen this huge shift in perception in the last 5 years mostly due to imagery and the work that @oceanramsey and the team at #oneoceandiving and @oneoceandiving program and conservation and research division does (with people like @mermaid_kayleigh and @forrest.in.focus ). 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 along side them. You don’t have to love them but they do need to exist, they are absolutely critical for the health of marine ecosystems which all life relies on. Yesterday I filled up 500gb with just photos so many more videos and photos to share from this incredible encounter that lasted al day. #grateful #helpsavesharks #savesharks #sharks #shark #discoversharks #greatwhiteshark #sealegacy #oneoceanconservation #greatwhiteshakhawaii #whitesharkhawaii

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The pair shared some of the images on social media. In one 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,” the post continued.

“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.”

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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 haven’t slept in almost two days and spent all morning looking for her today with no luck so far, as long as there is a chance I will do every I can to make it happen again. #endangeredspecies #extinctionisforever #notgivingup #unicorn #fingerscrossed #oahulife #ApexPredatorNotMonster #cagethefear #hawaii #whiteshark #sharks #DeepBlue #greatwhiteshark #helpsavesharks shot by #juansharks using [email protected]_imagingsolutions @canonusa @xcelwetsuits @cressi1946 @north_sails @guayaki @oakley #oneocean #onechance

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Kimberly Jeffries, another diver who was able to spend time with Deep Blue, shared a video of the great white.

“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,” Jeffries wrote in her post. “If you asked me yesterday the answer would be freediving with Deep Blue, a great white, the largest ever documented, who was last seen in 2013 in Mexico.”

“If you asked me right now,” she continued, “it would be freediving with, interacting with and photographing not one but multiple, different great whites AND Deep Blue.”

Images of Deep Blue were also captured in 2013 near Guadalupe Island in Mexico. In 2014, The shark was the subject of a documentary that aired during Shark Week, showcasing when researchers managed to secure a tracker to the great white.