Before her “calming” meeting with the large beast, a girl who swam side by side with a shark, the length of a giraffe in Hawaii had never dived with a huge white.
The six-meter long shark, dubbed Deep Blue, was taken previously this week to feed on a deceased sperm whale in the warm waters of Oahu’s west coast.
Kayleigh Burns, a professional shark sailor and biologist, solely informed that the huge oceanic predator approached the ship of her team and began using it as a scratching post when they came out to monitor which sharks could be taken into the carcass.
“When the great white shark swam up under our ship, we were very amazed,” Ms Burns Said.
She said her colleague, Ocean Ramsey, was the first to approach the “smooth giant” and initially maintained a safe distance.
The incredible encounter was filmed by Ms Ramsey, who is acquainted with Deep Blue, who had earlier swam with the enormous shark on study journeys to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island.
“It was the first great white shark I would interact with so I was a bit nervous,” said Ms Burns.
“As soon as my mask hit the water, I was filled with joy. It was actually a very peaceful, calming experience.”
Ms Burns wants individuals who saw the amazing footage of her frolicking in the water alongside Deep Blue to see a less aggressive side of the sharks, often making headlines only during assaults.
“Because of her size, she was very graceful, very slow-as Ocean likes to call her a’ grandmother shark,'” said Ms Burns.
She said Deep Blue was docile and was able to distinguish between food and people.
The band left at sunrise and for most of the day Deep Blue remained with their ship.
Ms Burns said that as an apparently friendly gesture, a pod of dolphins also joined in on the fun, nose-tapping Deep Blue.
Compared to the Pacific coast of California, where they feed on sea lions and elephant seals, Hawaiian waters are generally too hot for excellent whites. But it carries a variety of fresh wildlife into the waters when a whale carcass arises.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a declaration that after being driven 24 kilometers offshore days previously, the decomposing whale carcass had floated about 13 kilometers south of Pearl Harbor.
The department said tiger sharks were feeding on the whale “almost continually” and said they knew the great white’s pictures.
The Conservation and Resources Enforcement Division of the agency, Chief Jason Redull, said people should stay around the dead whale out of the water.
“We don’t want anyone to get hurt if a shark swimming around the carcass mistakes them as food. Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or photographs, but it’s really dangerous to have so much shark activity around this carcass,” he said.
The agency said there are reports of individuals climbing up the whale carcass and removing their teeth, which could be a breach of federal and state legislation.
Officials said the carcass it is drifting away from shore at the moment, but a anticipated change in the winds could push it back to Oahu again.
Deep Blue is thought to be the biggest ever recorded white shark. Ms Ramsey informed local media that large pregnant sharks are often the safest to be around as they’ve seen everything and are rarely endangered.
Sharks generally bite only when they are curious about their natural prey or mistake individuals, but they are unpredictable, she said.