Ever since Jaws in 1975, the entire world has become familiar with, and mostly scared of, great white sharks. Here’s a woman who, when she spotted it, swam toward it instead of away and ended up swimming along with it in the open ocean.
When I first saw this footage, I thought it was fake–maybe the shark was CGI or they had blended two videos together. But this researcher is Ocean Ramsey, one of the most famous shark researchers in the world. So just watch this and marvel at what she can do.
This footage was taken from an undisclosed location off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This shark is estimated to be 20 ft long and 8 ft wide! That’s roughly the size of a small school bus!
Ramsey studies shark behavior and teaches people how to avoid adverse interactions. Her group’s research and work aims to help reduce shark related fatalities and educate others on the importance of sharks.
Ramsey said “There was a dead sperm whale in the area and we did observe her from a distance swimming over to it and eating it on a regular basis throughout the day. Sharks role in the ecosystem, to pick off the dead, dying, weak, wounded, sick, injured, etc. there by keeping lower trophic levels healthy and in balance.”
Even if they’re beneficial to the ocean, I’m pretty sure they could be deadly to me, so I’m staying away. Watch the full video below and leave a comment on whether you would swim with sharks or not.
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