… She barely escaped being in the belly of the beast.
“Moments after the video I shared in my last post I saw a shark bumping some floating plastic so I rushed in and this was my greeting,” Ocean Ramsey, who operates Oahu-based One Ocean Diving and Research, wrote in an Instagram post describing said shark.
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The 35-year-old researcher had reportedly captured the blood-pounding moment while preparing to get into the water after spotting a tiger interacting with floating trash.
However, Ramsey seemingly nearly became lunch after the toothy hunters, dubbed Queen Nikki, breached the water and tried to bite her flippers.
The spine-tingling clip shows the shark-lover about to jump into the water in a wet suit, when out of nowhere, a giant tiger appears a la the “Bigger Boat” scene in “Jaws. Thinking quickly, Ramsey aborts the dive and climbs back on the boat ladder in the nick of time, whereupon Queen Nikki surfaces and tries to chomp her with its giant pink maw, grazing her flipper.
“I always love seeing their white belly coming up from the depths and in this case it’s what gave her position away,” said the researcher describing how she was able to avoid being bitten. “She was actually easier to spot coming up vertical compared to the others already near the surface,”
Despite the adrenaline-pumping encounter, Ramsey insists that Queen Nikki wasn’t trying to “attack” her.
“I couldn’t see very far and I don’t think they could either, so I think (Nikki) was reacting more from my initial noise entering and shadow,” assured the biologist, who has been swimming with that particular Tiger for three years.
She explained in a followup clip that the seeming bite attempt was actually a “spy hop,” where sharks poke their head above water so they can scan their surroundings in murky seas.
This isn’t the first time Ramsey has swum with sharks. The researcher first made a splash in 2019 after she was filmed swimming with Deep Blue, a 20-feet great white believed to be the largest ever recorded.
She said the Jaws-dropping photo-op proved that the predators should be protected, not feared.
“There’s not a lot of sympathy for sharks because of the way they’re portrayed in media and they don’t have the cute cuddly appearance,” said the shark whisperer, who leads cage-free shark-diving tours. “You can’t hate them for being predators. We need them for healthy marine ecosystems.”
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