Ocean Ramsey, a famous marine scientist and conservationist, and her One Ocean Diving crew had a once-in-a-lifetime adventure at a hidden site off the shore of Oahu. These professionals, who work to educate the public about sharks and research shark behavior, not only stumbled across a great white shark, but also had the opportunity to spend time with the gorgeous beast.
Ramsey has worked with great white sharks all throughout the world, but this was an especially thrilling experience. Great white sharks are uncommon in Hawaii, and this one was extremely large at roughly 20 feet long. The enormous female swam up to their boat and repeatedly rubbed against it, signaling her presence to the rest of the group. The shark wasn’t hovering about to hurt people, according to common perception, but for a much more essential purpose.
Ramsey explains, “There’s a belief that huge females come here when they’re maybe pregnant trailing whales.” “There was a dead sperm whale in the region, and we saw her swimming around to it and devouring it on a regular basis throughout the day from a distance.” Sharks perform an important part in the environment by picking off the dead, dying, weak, wounded, ill, damaged, and other trophic levels, keeping the ecosystem healthy and in balance.”
The moving photos of Ramsey engaging with the shark are just one example of how One Ocean Diving wants the general public to view sharks. Shark populations in Hawaii are dropping owing to a lack of rigorous rules prohibiting their killing, putting these majestic marine monsters in jeopardy. One Ocean Diving is on a mission to not only teach the public about shark behavior and how to engage with them in a pleasant way, but also to collect data on behavior to aid in conservation efforts.
“I have a great deal of respect for sharks because of their ecological role, scientifically, and culturally in Hawaii as aumakua,” Ramsey says. “From a conservation standpoint, I’ve dedicated my life to speaking up for them and educating others about their plight while studying to learn more about them.” “We hope that these photographs and films will inspire a movement in Hawaii and throughout the world to pass additional legislation to protect sharks.”
Help Rescue Sharks and One Ocean Conservation provide further information on what you can do to help save shark populations in Hawaii.
Off the coast of Oahu, Ocean Ramsey and the One Ocean Diving crew recently spotted a rare great white shark.
It may be one of the biggest ever documented, measuring roughly 20 feet by 8 feet.
The environmentalists hope to raise awareness about Hawaii’s diminishing shark populations and educate the public about what they can do to assist.