Hawaii certainly is a beautiful place. Lush rain forests, white sand beaches, volcanoes. Of course, the tradeoff can be deadly. There are numerous things, both animal, aquatic and otherwise just dying to kill you in Hawaii. After all, it is a volcanic island chain. Recently a marine scientist and free diver ironically named Ocean Ramsey almost found herself in the belly of the proverbial beast, as well as in its mouth. Check this out.
A close encounter with a tiger shark was caught on video off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Ocean Ramsey, a marine scientist and free diver, was having what she described as a normal day when she nearly dove into the mouth of a “friend” — Queen Nikki, as a certain tiger shark in the area is called.
Ramsey said she’s known this particular shark for nearly 20 years — and was excited to see her again.
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— Rob Mattox (@RobMattox2) November 3, 2022
How do you “know” a shark for 20 years? Forgive me, but people that think they are friends with wild animals are also the same people that get murdered and often times eaten by wild animals. We just can’t seem to separate ourselves from the animal kingdom, can we? Team people, people!
Has Ramsey been chilling with the shark on her off days when she isn’t being whatever a marine scientist is? Are they meeting for drinks? Perhaps having sushi? Sounds to me like the ocean is getting a little weird!
“Sharks like Queen Nikki are rare to see, let alone encounter — and I’ve got thousands of dives and decades of experience,” Ramsey told Fox News Digital.
“She is one of my absolute favorite tiger sharks,” she also said.
When we reached out to Queen Nikki for a comment, she had this to say about Ocean Ramsey.
“She’s ok. Probably delicious. Did you see the video? I almost had her in my mouth. Holla!”
How does one decide which tiger shark is her favorite? My favorite would be whichever shark didn’t try to take a nibble from my torso.
In the video, Ramsey can be seen about to dive into the ocean water when Queen Nikki jumped up at her, splashing her fins.
Ramsey said she had seen this shark just moments earlier, when she jumped in the water to redirect Queen Nikki and grabbed a piece of plastic floating in the water.
Honestly, can you redirect the oceans apex predator? Or maybe she just really pissed Queen Nikki off and she laid low until Ramsey decided to jump into the water. Nikki had a nice surprise in store for her. She almost had a human snack!
One Ocean Ramsey is an organization that Ramsey and Juan Oliphant founded. He’s a professional shark conservation photographer — and their goal is shark conservation.
The organization also offers snorkeling opportunities to the public. They teach people about shark behavior and how to enjoy time with the predators rather than fear them.
Call me uninformed, but I wasn’t aware sharks needed conservation. Based on this summer’s news cycle, sharks seem to be doing pretty well. There were record numbers of shark encounters and attacks up and down our coast.
Based on this video, I would skip any snorkeling opportunities with Ramsey’s organization. I think some predators need to be feared, and I am going to start with Jaws.