One day, Ocean Ramsey and her team were off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, when they had an experience of a lifetime.
The world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist and her team from One Ocean Diving came across the most giant great white shark ever recorded.
They could spend a lot of time with their 20 ft female and learn a lot about her.
She kept bumping into their boat, making sure her presence was known to the group, which could be due to an important reason.
Ramsey said: “There is a theory that the large females came here when they were possibly pregnant with the long-tailed whales.”
“There was a dead sperm whale in the area, and we watched it come from a distance swimming over to it and eating it regularly throughout the day.”
“Sharks [play a role] in the ecosystem, to remove dead, dying, weak, in.ju.red, sick, wo.und.ed, etc., thus keeping the lower nutritional levels healthy and in balance.”
Photos like Ramsey interacting with the shark are a minor illustration of how One Ocean Diving would like the public to see sharks.
These spectacular marine giants’ populations are declining in Hawaii due to a lack of laws regarding their sl.au.ghter.
The organization collects data on shark behaviour to aid conservation and educate the public on how to have a positive interaction with them.
“I have great respect for sharks for their ecological role, scientifically, culturally in Hawaii as aumakua, and from a conservation standpoint, I have spent my life speaking up for them and educating others about them and their circumstances while researching to continue to understand more about them, Ramsey said.
“We hope these images and videos will spark a movement to demand more laws to protect sharks in Hawaii and around the world.”
To see what you can do to help, see Helping to Save Sharks and Conserving One Ocean.