Watch this amazing video of a brave diver high-fiving one of the most dangerous predators in the ocean: a massive 20-foot great white shark.
Summer is right around the corner, which means the apex predatory machine that is the great white shark will once again enter the consciousness of beach-goers across the country. To get us all ready for the approaching week of shark fanfare at the end of the summer, Nature World News has posted this incredible video of a lucky diver scoring a high-five with one of the largest great whites ever captured on camera.
The video, posted originally on Facebook, shows biologist Mauricio Hoyos Padilla extiting his protective shark cage to get a closer look at the 20-foot shark while diving off the coast of Guadalupe Island in Mexico. The shark dwarfs the diver in the frame as it swims overhead. Padilla brazenly reached out and slapped the massive predator’s fin for a high-five.
Padilla found the footage from a prior dive trip on his computer this week, and posted it to Facebook this Tuesday. Since then, it has received over 3 million views and over 42,000 shares.
The shark was named Deep Blue by a Discovery Channel documentary aired in August 2014. The shark is believed to be over 50 years old, and was heavily pregnant at the time. Her girth was similar to that of a hippo, scientists said, as they tagged her and sent her on her way. The same shark appears in Padilla’s video, where he luckily escapes an altercation with the beast.
Deep blue exceeds 20 feet and likely weighs in excess of 5,000 pounds. While it is certainly possible that Deep Blue could choose to devour an entire diver without so much as lifting a fin, but researchers have increasingly found that great whites are not the aggressive monsters that films like Jaws has made them out to be. Instead, they are curious, relaxed, and more than willing to give a passing diver a cool high five.
You can watch the shocking footage of the high five here: