One day, Ocean Ramsey and her team were off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii when they had the experience of a lifetime
The world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist and her team from One Ocean Diving came across the largest great white shark ever recorded.
They were able to spend a lot of time with the majestic 20 ft female and learn a lot about her.
She repeatedly brushed up against their boat, certainly making her presence known to the group, and this may be due to an important reason.
“There is a theory that large females come here when they are possibly pregnant trailing whales,” Ramsey says.
“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 [play a] role in the ecosystem, to pick off the dead, dying, weak, wounded, sick, injured, etc. thereby keeping lower trophic levels healthy and in balance.”
Photographs such as ones of Ramsey interacting with the shark are a minor illustration of how One Ocean Diving would like the public to view sharks.
These spectacular marine giants’ populations are declining in Hawaii due to the lack of laws regarding their slaughter.
Not only is the organization on a mission to gather data on shark behaviors to assist conservation, but also to educate the public on how to have a positive interaction with them.
“I have so much respect for sharks for their ecological role, scientifically, culturally in Hawaii as aumakua, and from a conservation standpoint I’ve dedicated my life to speaking up for them and educating others about them and their plight while studying to continue to understand more about them,” says Ramsey.
“We hope these images and videos will spark a movement for more laws to protect sharks here in Hawaii and around the world.”