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Giant white shark, believed to be world’s biggest, spotted off Hawaii coast

The 20-foot (six-meter) female shark -- bearing similar markings as “Deep Blue,” the largest great white shark recorded -- made its surprise appearance on Tuesday

it-s-viral Updated: Jan 18, 2019 11:40 IST
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A shark said to be 'Deep Blue', one of the largest recorded individuals, swims offshore Hawaii.
A shark said to be 'Deep Blue', one of the largest recorded individuals, swims offshore Hawaii.(oneoceandiving.com via Reuters )
         

An enormous great white shark -- believed to be one of the biggest on record -- has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a swim with the predator.

The 20-foot (six-meter) female shark -- bearing similar markings as “Deep Blue,” the largest great white shark recorded -- made its surprise appearance on Tuesday, joining other sharks feasting on a sperm whale carcass off Oahu.

“We saw a few (tiger sharks) and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat,” said Ocean Ramsey, one of the divers, recounting the extraordinary encounter to the Honolulu Star Adviser.

“She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post,” said diver  Ocean Ramsey.
“She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post,” said diver Ocean Ramsey. ( oneoceandiving.com via Reuters )

“She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post,” added Ramsey, who swam with the shark all day and captured stunning pictures. “We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day.”

Ramsey said the animal, believed to be at least 50 years old and weighing an estimated 2.5 tonnes, was “shockingly wide” and may be pregnant. 

Sightings of great white sharks are rare in Hawaii, where the water is too warm.

“Deep Blue,” which has her own Twitter account and was the subject of a documentary several years ago, had previously been spotted around Guadalupe Island off Mexico.

First Published: Jan 18, 2019 11:27 IST