- ‘Deep Blue’ was last spotted two decades ago in Mexico and is reportedly the largest great white in existence
- It weighs an enormous 2.5 tons, measures around 20 feet long and is 50 years old according to scientists
- Divers Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries first spotted her Sunday and jumped in the water to take pictures
Several divers have taken part in a daring photoshoot with the biggest great white shark on the planet after it was spotted swimming near Hawaii.
The enormous predator, known as ‘Deep Blue’, was first seen by photographers Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries on Sunday last week – who went to swim with it soon after and shot a series of remarkable photos alongside it.
Soon afterwards conservation photographer Juan Oliphant decided to take the plunge himself and head out to swim with the creature with marine biologist Ocean Ramsey as it fed on a dead sperm whale around nine miles from Oahu, Hawaii.
Deep Blue is believed to weigh around 2.5tons, measure up to 20ft in length, and is estimated by scientists to be around 50 years old.
It was identified as Deep Blue because of a tag placed on it by scientists during an appearance over 20 years ago off the coast of Mexico.
Ocean Ramsey swimming with Deep Blue in photos shot by Juan Oliphant after it was spotted in the water off Oahu on Sunday by Kimberly Jeffries. Deep Blue became an icon several years ago during Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, through her remarkable size and age. She is 20 feet long and thought to be 50 years old. Pictures show the pair getting remarkably close to the deadly animal
It’s likely that Deep Blue grew so big simply because of her age. Before being spotted in Hawaii, the great white was caught on video in July 2018 near Guadalupe Island, off the west coast of Mexico. It was spotted feeding on the carcass of a whale
Divers could identify her as ‘Deep Blue’ thanks to a tag she was implanted with when she appeared off the coast of Mexico two decades ago.
Remarkable photos shot by Oliphant show him and Ramsey swimming right next to the enormous predator.
Posting on Instagram shortly after the swim, Oliphant wrote: ‘Face to face with the worlds largest great white ever recorded “Deep Blue” with @oceanramsey.
‘I’m still in shock that we spent almost the whole day with this amazing animal in my backyard.
‘I hope my conservation images like this help people to question their perceptions and realize the beauty, and importance of sharks and I hope that they inspire the kind of compassion and connection we need to have with nature and sharks, to help protect them and coexist alongside them.’
Video shot by the same photographer Kimberly Jeffries and posted on Facebook shows a group of tiger sharks feeding on the dead sperm whale before Deep Blue arrived.
A shark believed to be ‘Deep Blue’ was last spotted in footage captured by shark researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island in 2013
Padilla’s remarkable footage from 2013 shows the stealthy predator lurking in the deep while attempting to catch prey
The video also shows the enormous apex predator swimming near researchers in steel cages, with one bold enough to be swimming outside the protection