Animals captured on camera by photographer in Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Underwater photographer Deron Verbeck dived off Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday, November 26, when he thought he saw a school of ulua fish.

But something was wrong, for the size and shape reminded him more of a tiger shark in the beginning.

“I kept looking at my head, I thought, ‘This is not a tiger shark.’ And it got closer and closer, “Verbeck said.” It just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and I thought, ‘It’s definitely 100% an amazing white.’ “

The beast – which Verbeck judged to be over 15 feet – did not behave in a threatening manner, so he stayed around to capture some footage.

“And I just shot as much as I could as she walked by and she just disappeared back from the drop, then I just shook, ‘Wow! It was insane! ‘”

Dr. Carl Meyer of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology said there are likely to be large whites in the area due to humpback whales that breed in Hawaiian waters from November to April. According to Dr. Meyer is the behavior that Verbeck saw, quite normal for big whites.

“Typical behavior of these great sharks is a caution around humans,” Meyer said. “So even though they may be curious, they are also on guard. And so the only time you see aggressive behavior is typically when they are actively foraging. “

Verbeck said he was nervous and overwhelmed by the experience, but he never felt in danger.

“If she would take me, she would have taken me,” Verbeck said, and her behavior was just curiosity. She just came up to see what I was doing. “

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