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Freediving with great white sharks - video

In recent days, a video showing a group of freedivers swimming with a giant white shark has become extremely popular online. The footage clearly shows that the shark not only did not mind the presence of people, but also allowed them to get close and even touch it. Diving with sharks is nothing new. Just
Published: January 19, 2019 - 11:09
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:43
Freediving with great white sharks – video

In recent days, a video showing a group of freedivers swimming with a giant white shark has become extremely popular online. The footage clearly shows that the shark not only did not mind the presence of people, but also allowed them to get close and even touch it.

Diving with sharks is nothing new. Just reach for the latest issue of our magazineto read an interesting article on the subject. After all, there are many species of sharks that are not dangerous. Going underwater inside a special cage, on the other hand, allows you to commune with the real predators of the deep. But freediving with a great white shark? That’s something new…

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A group of freedivers encountered a 6-metre-long female white shark in the waters surrounding Hawaii. In subsequent shots, the giant can be seen calmly traversing the water, not minding the company of humans or physical contact with them.

The individual, weighing 2.5 tonnes, has been identified as Deep Blue. That was the name it was given 20 years ago when it was first spotted and tagged by scientists. The shark is probably around 50 years old and… has its own Twitter account. A true sign of the times and the popularity it enjoys.

The whole situation took place near the body of a dead sperm whale. Freedivers admitted that they were filming tiger sharks feeding on the dead whale when suddenly a great white shark appeared in the area.

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The shark approached the boat itself and started using it like a scratching cat, rubbing against the sides. The encounter occurred early in the morning and the shark spent almost the entire day with the humans. From observations made during this time, the female was unnaturally wide, which may suggest her advanced pregnancy.

An encounter with a white shark in this region is quite rare. This species usually prefers cooler waters and does not appear very often in Hawaii.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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