Great White shark Dwarfs Cage Divers in Stunning Underwater in Mexico


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They photographed an enormous 20ft-long great white shark, which swimming through a school of mackerel. As it dwarfs a team of caged researchers.

The giant shark, which weighs more than two tonnes, can be seen circling the cages time and time again. The photos, captured off the Guadalupe Islands in Mexico, were taken for a shark identification project by Water Safety Specialist John Maher

The 35-year-old, from La Jolla in California, traveled more than 24 hours on the research vessel and spent three days documenting the different great whites

John said: 'The ride on the ship took a day to get to the waters near Guadalupe Island. Once we were near, the boat anchored and the shark cages were dropped to a depth of 40 feet' 

He added: 'We spent three days diving in the cages, specifically looking for great white sharks. I spent an average of eight hours underwater each day photographing and studying the sharks as part of a shark identification research project'The shark circling the cage

'I was about 40 feet away from the other cage,' John said. 'To the best of my knowledge, the shark I saw was one of the largest female great whites anyone had seen all season'

He added: 'The largest shark swam slowly up from the depths and gracefully introduced herself to the divers. She moved slowly, using very little effort, and seemed to be gliding more than swimming'

He added: ‘The largest shark swam slowly up from the depths and gracefully introduced herself to the divers. She moved slowly, using very little effort, and seemed to be gliding more than swimming’

Guadalupe is considered one of the best spots in the world for sightings of the great white shark, possibly because of its large population of seals

‘She was an absolute beauty and was as wide as a VW camper van.

The shark dwarfed the researchers as they stood in the cage

‘The largest shark swam slowly up from the depths and gracefully introduced herself to the divers. She moved slowly, using very little effort, and seemed to be gliding more than swimming.

‘She must have been 20 feet long, an absolute Goliath.

‘Adult great white sharks feed on elephant seals, which are well over five times the size and weight of a grown human.

‘I felt amazing while taking the photos. I’ve always had a deep fascination with sharks, and the great white is the biggest and most elusive of them all.

‘I enjoyed every second underwater with them. I would often put my camera down at my side and just study their beauty and behaviour and try to establish eye contact.

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‘Making eye contact with a great white shark is a spiritual experience.

‘How camouflaged they are at depth. Great white sharks are ambush predators, so they swim just out of sight before striking their prey from a blind spot.’

Guadalupe is one of the best spots in the world for sightings of the great white shark, possibly because of its large population of seals.

 


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