A pair of 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’, believed to weigh around 2.5tons and measure up to 20 ft in length, was first seen by diver and photographer Mark Mohler and Kimberly Jeffries on Sunday last week.
And the pair soon leapt into the water to take a closer look at the creature as she fed on a dead sperm whale, around nine miles from the coast off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Remarkable video shot nearby by Jeffries shows a swarm of Tiger sharks swarming around the dead sperm whale, before Deep Blue’s dramatic arrival.
The predator was reportedly identified as ‘Deep Blue’, which is believed to be around 50 years old, because of a tag placed on it by scientists during an appearance over 20 years ago off the coast of Mexico.
He said she had come to Hawaii for an ‘all-you-can-eat vacation.’
Mohler wrote that fellow diver Jeffries was the first to see her on 13 January, and the pair confirmed Deep Blue’s identity with the white shark authority.
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.
Video shot by the same photographer Kimberly Jeffries 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