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Diver filmed with huge great white: sharks must be ‘protected not feared’

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“There’s not a lot of sympathy for sharks because of the way they’re portrayed in media” – Ocean Ramsey

The Guardian, 19.01.2019, Associated Press in Haleiwa (Hawaii)

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told the Associated Press that she encountered the 20ft (6-metre) shark on Tuesday near a dead sperm whale off Oahu. The event was documented and shared on social media by her fiance and business partner, Juan Oliphant.

The Hawaii department of land and natural resources said it was aware of photos of the great white and that tiger sharks also had been feeding on the whale.

Oliphant, who photographed the now viral images, said it was unclear if the shark was the famed Deep Blue, believed to be the largest great white ever recorded.

“She looks the part right now,” Oliphant said. “Maybe even more exciting that there is another massive, you know, super-size great white shark out there. Because their populations are so dwindling.” […]

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