THE OCEAN — Sharks, in my opinion, are some of the most majestic creatures.
Sure they're powerful and terrifying, but something about them is hypnotic and beautiful. Bears, on the other hand, are just terrifying and plotting.
While I have great respect for sharks and I appreciate their beauty, I still don't think I want to swim with a giant great white and casually pet it on occasion, like this diver.
Ocean Ramsey is a diver who studies sharks and leads educational, cage-free shark diving tours off Oahu's North Shore. On Jan. 15, Ramsey took her team to monitor tiger sharks feeding off a dead sperm whale. They were observing the tiger sharks when this huge female great white strolled up for a snack.
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"We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split," Ramsey told the Star Advertiser. “She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post. We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day.”
Great whites are rare in Hawaii, so this was a real treat for Ramsey and her team, and likely a little concerning for tourists. Ramsey estimated the shark was more than 20 feet long and 8 feet high.