It’s the terrifying moment when divers came face to face with one of the world’s largest great white sharks.
Incredible footage shows a 22-foot ocean giant – known as Deep Blue – swimming dangerously close to a pair of brave divers in Guadalupe, Mexico.
Weighing a whopping 2.5 tons, the 50-year-old hunter dwarfed the divers as they reached out to interact with the animal.
Michael Meier, 53, who captured the video on an expedition with the Nautilus Explorer, said Deep Blue was “very calm” during the chilling encounter.
She told Barcroft TV: “She wasn’t nervous at all, and she was just doing her circles around us. She was very interested in us, and was looking at us. During the circles, we realized that she How big was it?
“She must have been about seven metres. We had a really long beautiful dive with her and when we all got back on the boat, we were all very excited about this encounter.”
He continued: “What I love about diving with sharks is the immense power of these animals in combination with the elegance. It’s never busy, it’s calm, it’s reassuring, and it’s being with them in the water.” And it’s so beautiful to dive into them.
“I felt like the luckiest person to be able to capture Deep Blue on video, and yet when I watch this video, I feel so happy.”
Shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey, 34, who regularly swims with great white sharks, has also encountered a deep blue.
Describing the 2019 experience, she said: “Today was very special because while I work with white sharks around the world, they are extremely rare in Hawaii.
“This individual may be one of the largest recorded and shows similar markings to the ‘deep blue’ shark I studied in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico where I have done most of my work with white sharks.
“This gentle giant swims and brushes against our boat repeatedly. There is a theory that the larger females come here when they are possibly pregnant whales.
“There was a dead sperm whale in the area and we saw it swimming from afar and eating regularly throughout the day.
“I have as much respect for sharks as they have for their ecological role, scientifically, culturally as aumacua in Hawaii, and from a conservation standpoint I have spent my life speaking up for them and educating others about them. And have dedicated studies to continue their plight. Understand more about them.”
Experts believe that the Deep Blue is the largest white shark ever seen and often lives for nearly five decades, despite life-span-shortening pollution, hunting and fishing.
George Burgess, Emeritus Director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History ABC News: “It’s a huge white shark, obviously.
“One of the biggest I’ve ever seen in the water. She’s a big girl.”
The shark got its name from Discovery Channel diver Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, who swam with the creature as part of a Shark Week documentary.
Padilla was filmed in the 2015 TV show reaching his hands out of a metal shark cage and touching its fins.