Friday 22 February 2019

Jaw-some - giant great white snacks on whale

A great white shark thought to be Deep Blue - the biggest great white in the world - has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii in a rare-sighting that was a
A great white shark thought to be Deep Blue - the biggest great white in the world - has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii in a rare-sighting that was a "fun surprise" for divers. (Tanya Houppermans/www.comedywildlifephoto.com)

Helen Nianias

A great white shark thought to be Deep Blue - the biggest great white in the world - has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii in a rare-sighting that was a "fun surprise" for divers.

The shark was feeding on a dead sperm whale 14km off the coast of Oahu, a Hawaiian island.

Melanie Hutchinson, a shark researcher at the University of Hawaii, said the female - which is around 6.5 metres long - was seen by a team of divers looking for tiger sharks.

"I have a few friends that were out there.

"They were looking for a tiger sharks so it was a fun surprise to see this big lady," Ms Hutchinson said.

"What they're doing when they're in Hawaii is really deep dives during the day. And so that's why people don't typically interact with them.

"The sperm whale kind of presented an opportunistic foraging opportunity so that's probably why people saw this animal," said Ms Hutchinson.

Kimberley Jeffries, a member of the team of divers who encountered the shark, posted on Facebook: "If you asked me a few days ago what the most amazing thing I've ever seen in Hawaiian waters the answer probably would be pretty different.

"If you asked me yesterday the answer would be free-diving with Deep Blue, a great white, the largest ever documented, who was last seen in 2013 in Mexico."

Irish Independent

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