Back in 2014, a great white shark off the coast of Meixco known as Deep Blue was purported to be one of the largest of its kind to be filmed and photographed. Now that very same 20-foot-long shark has appeared off the coast of Hawaii, introducing herself to a number of divers as they moved a decomposing whale away from the shoreline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FREEDIVING WITH GREAT WHITE SHARK IN HAWAII 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍I’m clutching my hand to my heart in this video screen grab because I think my heart just stopped from pure joy, gratitude, happiness, amazement.....I LOVE SHARKS!!!!! and they are so much more incredible than most could possibly imagine!!!! I work with sharks all day everyday all around the world with @oneoceanresearch and @oneoceandiving Today off my home waters of #Oahu , #Hawaii : Freediving with this Gorgeous gentle giant who might be shark ID “Deep Blue” Who I’ve seen in Isla Guadalupe as well was absolutely magical. Deep Blue came up and brushed up against the boat, maybe she’s pregnant, maybe she’s itchy? Rough-toothed dolphins escorted her in the morning . Many of my team @oneoceandiving was there to share the experience and as myself and @juansharks @mermaid_kayleigh and @forrest.in.focus and @camgrantphotography headed out together at sunrise we never would’ve expected what an Incredible Shark we would meet, we spent the entire day with her till the sun went down. #HelpSaveSharks You’re so important for the ocean and so many people don’t know that it would be so sad that they would disappear before people get to experience and know them for their true beauty and importance. Learn about sharks join me and my incredible team in the water @oneoceandiving Off #haleiwa almost everyday as we study and survey shark populations and teach people how to interact in a respectful and safe manner ❤️🦈❤️ Photo from screen grab vid shot by my AMAZING seaster/One Ocean Safety Diver/Shark Specialist @mermaid_kayleigh #sharkoprah Written by @oceanramsey #greatwhitesharkhawaii #greatwhitesharkdeadwhale #deadwhalehawaii #greatwhitesharkoahu #sharks #shark #savesharks #helpsavesharks #discoversharks #discoverocean #oceanramsey #oceanramseygreatwhite #swimwithsharks #freedivingwithgreatwhite #girlswimmingwithgreatwhite #sharksinhawaii #oneoceandiving

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However, instead of diving next to the shark in a cage, marine biologist and shark activist Ocean Ramsey decided to freedive next to the gigantic shark. In a series of videos she posted to her Instagram account, Ramsey can be seen getting remarkably close to the mild-mannered shark as she inspected the whale carcass that was being towed into deeper waters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It still feels like a dream. I’m eternally grateful that I was able to spend time with a Great White Shark off Hawaiian waters in our own backyard! This might sound like a nightmare to some, but I’m hoping my videos showing the slow grace and beauty of this animal are enough to combat the fear instilled in us from the media demonizing of sharks. Even as a professional biologist and shark diver for @oneoceandiving I always thought I would be nervous to interact with a white shark. But as soon as my mask hit the water there was no fear, only excitement, awe, and pure joy! She moved so cautiously yet playfully especially once the Rough Toothed Dolphins arrived! This was a sight I couldn’t have imagined I would see in my lifetime, even with all of the time I spend in the water daily. I love how my seaster @oceanramsey put it saying that it was a sign that we must keep fighting for these animals! I’m grateful for @oceanramsey and @juansharks work creating @oneoceandiving a platform for saving sharks through various outlets. Thankfully, after this amazing interaction the @oneoceandiving team was able to get the bill to protect sharks and rays in Hawaiian waters reintroduced for 2019! We will be using our life experiences like this to advocate for these incredible and important key stone species of the oceans ecosystems. Sharks are so important and their populations around the world are dropping rapidly due to various forms of commercialized fishing and especially for their fins for shark fin soup! The time to make changes is now. Mahalo @oceanramsey @juansharks @camgrantphotography @forrest.in.focus for spending this absolutely incredible time in the water with me and to the entire @oneoceandiving team for endlessly fighting for these amazing animals! All videos shot on my @axisgo 📸

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Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources had to move the whale carcass from the shore after people began removing its teeth for ivory and started climbing around on its body. Naturally, sharks nearby immediately paid interest to the carcass as it was towed out. "We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat," Ramsey said of Deep Blue in a conversation with Star Advertiser

"She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post," she continued. "We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day." Ramsey added that she believed Deep Blue was pregnant, stating that the shark was "shockingly wide." She even managed to get close enough to touch Deep Blue, posting a video of her doing so on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. I know some people criticize 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 over to one of my @oneoceandiving shark research vessels and proceeded to use it as a scratching post, passing up feeding for another need. I wish more people would have a connection with sharks and the natural world, because then they would understand that it’s not petting sharks or pushing them off to maintain a respectable space that is hurting sharks (because trust me if she didn’t like being pet she can handle and communicate 🦈) it’s the wasteful and cruel practice of grabbing and catching sharks to cut off their fins (which slowly kills them) for #sharkfinsoup in a process called #sharkfinning or the wasteful #sharkfishing or #sharksportfishing If it bothers you that I touched the shark please click on one of the hashtags above and leave them a negative comment first 😉 #HelpSaveSharks #SpreadAwareness #FinBanNow #bansharkfinning #Sharkfin Vid shot on my @gopro #gopro3000 #goproforacause out with @oneoceandiving with @juansharks ❤️ @mermaid_kayleigh 💙 @camgrantphotography ❤️ @forrest.in.focus 💙 @oneoceanresearch @oneoceanglobal @waterinspired @oneoceansharks @oneoceanhawaii @oneoceaneducation #savetheocean #sharktouch #touchingsharks #oneoceanteam #discoversharks #discoverocean #greatwhitesharkinhawaii #freedivingwithsharks #whitesharkhawaii #deadwhalehawaii #dolphinsandsharks #🤙🏽 #Hawaii #sharka 🤙🏽🦈

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Understandably, state officials have warned people to stay away from the carcass and the sharks in the area. "We're asking people to stay out of the water around this carcass," chief of the state's Division of Conversation and Resources Enforcement Jason Redulla explained. "We don't want anyone to get hurt if a shark swimming around the carcass mistakes them as food."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The sharks are following the dead whale out.

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Check out some stunning photos and videos of the shark above.