Foto: shutterstock.com / Ramon Carretero
Foto: shutterstock.com / Ramon Carretero

Nur etwa fünf Prozent der Meere sind erforscht. Doch dass auch dieser kleine Teil immer wieder Erstaunliches hervorbringen kann, haben Taucher vor der Küste Hawaiis kürzlich hautnah miterlebt. Sie stießen auf den vermutlich größten je gesichteten Weißen Hai.

Meeresbiologin Ocean Ramsey und ihr Team hatten sich vor der Insel Oahu in die Nähe eines Walkadavers begeben, um Tigerhaie zu beobachten, als das geschätzt sechs Meter große und zweieinhalb Tonnen schwere große Tier plötzlich auftauchte und die anderen Haie in die Flucht schlug. Doch von Aggression war keine Spur.

„Sie war einfach ein großer, schöner, sanfter Riese, der unser Boot als Kratzbaum benutzen wollte“, sagte Ramsey dem „Honolulu Star Adviser„. Die 32-jährige Ramsey mutmaßte, dass der Hai noch größer sein könnte als „Deep Blue“, der 2013 vor der Westküste Mexikos gesichtet worden war. Der Grund: Das circa 50 Jahre alte „Monster“ sei vermutlich schwanger gewesen.

Zwar betont die 32-jährige Ramsey, dass Haie Menschen nur beißen, wenn sie neugierig sind oder sie für ihre Beute halten, warnt jedoch davor, sich in die Nähe zu begeben. Nichtsdestotrotz seien Haie „nicht die geistlosen Monster, die die Medien aus ihnen machen“.

 
 
 
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@oceanramsey gently guides one of the largest documented #GreatWhiteSharks away from our @oneoceandiving shark research boat in #HAWAII #Oahu The first great white shark I ever swam with was in 2005 off my home #Haleiwa with a similarly large great #whiteshark who also rocked the boat I was on at the time working with sharks. I guess I am lucky that history repeats and not much has changed which made me confident but not complacent during this encounter but what has changed is shark populations are severely declining but for the first time ever I’ve seen this huge shift in perception in the last 5 years mostly due to imagery and the work that @oceanramsey and the team at #oneoceandiving and @oneoceandiving program and conservation and research division does (with people like @mermaid_kayleigh and @forrest.in.focus ). I hope my conservation images like this help people to question their perceptions and realize the beauty, and importance of sharks and I hope that they inspire the kind of compassion and connection we need to have with nature and sharks, to help protect them and #coexist along side them. You don’t have to love them but they do need to exist, they are absolutely critical for the health of marine ecosystems which all life relies on. Yesterday I filled up 500gb with just photos so many more videos and photos to share from this incredible encounter that lasted al day. #grateful #helpsavesharks #savesharks #sharks #shark #discoversharks #greatwhiteshark #sealegacy #oneoceanconservation #greatwhiteshakhawaii #whitesharkhawaii

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Juan Oliphant #JuanSharks (@juansharks) am Jan 16, 2019 um 8:00 PST

 
 
 
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Post via @oceanramsey Disclaimer: I highly discourage people from jumping into the water purposely with Great #WhiteSharks and TigerSharks and all sharks should be given respect as space as wild animals and PROTECTION from wasteful killing for their important ecological role. I work daily in the water with sharks as a shark biologist and teach public and professional safety programs through @OneoceanResearch and @OneOceanDiving and through a number of our international projects which also includes #greatWhiteShark research specifically. I try hard to replace fear with scientific facts and encourage a healthy level of respect for sharks as #apexPredatorsNotMonsters but not puppies…but not monsters. They are sharks and I love and respect them for what they are. Yes I absolutely LOVE sharks and have a deep understanding and respect for their capabilities combined with well over a decade of full time experience working in-water with them. My life mission, passion, and I think purpose is to help further conservation efforts for them through research, conservation, design, and immersive and impactful programs and outreach. Please check out all the divisions of #OneOceanDiving listed below for more information and please help us to ban #sharkfinning #sharkfishing #sharksportfishing and #sharkculling around the world. I just found out the the bill to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays in Hawaii will be re-introduced this year in both eh house and senate following all the positive shark press that has come from this incredible encounter in the last few days. Mahalo nui loa (thank you) to all those who support efforts for shark and marine conservation. #gratitude #helpsavesharks #finbannow #sharkarma #savesharks #Sharkconservation #sharkresearch. IMAGE © MY AMAZING FIANCE @JUANSHARKS co-founder of @oneoceandiving and @waterinspired also diving with my amazing one ocean shark ohana @mermaid_kayleigh @Forrest.in.focus and @camgrantphotography Photo credit: #JuanSharks #JuanOliphant @JuanSharks Photo of a massive 20ft gorgeous female white shark and a rough tooth dolphin swimming up to me in my home waters of #Hawaii #Aloha #MalamaManō #Aumakua #Manō

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Ocean Ramsey #OceanRamsey (@oceanramsey) am Jan 17, 2019 um 4:51 PST

Große Haie gibt es übrigens auch bei „Sharknado“. Der Trailer zum sechsten Teil der Reihe ist nichts für schwache Nerven – auch wenn Fans von realistischen Filmen wohl nicht auf ihre Kosten kommen werden:

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