Hawaii’s Most Thrilling Experience Is Generating A Lot Of Love For Sharks
We’ve all heard of cage diving with sharks, but who in their right mind would swim alongside the fierce apex predators without the protection of metal bars?
Meet Ocean Ramsey, the shark conservationist who thinks interacting with these misunderstood animals is something everyone should experience. Ramsey’s Hawaii-based tour company, One Ocean Diving, takes locals and visitors alike out into the deep blue off Oahu’s North Shore to swim with galapagos, sandbar, and tiger sharks.
The tour isn’t just for adrenaline junkies. Ramsey and her team of trained marine biologists and researchers hope to break down the negative stereotypes surrounding sharks — you’re familiar with those if you’ve ever seen “Jaws” — and the tour company is becoming more popular by the day. Their Instagram account loaded with underwater shark photography has nearly 40,000 followers, and the company gets stellar Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews.
Even Zac Efron got in on the fun earlier this month, celebrating World Oceans Day under the sea with Ramsey.
Happy World Ocean Day! Thanks @oceanicramsey @juansharks for teaching me about these beautiful animals. Their numbers are decreasing very rapidly and we need to do everything we can to save them. Check out @Oneoceandiving for ways to help! #worldoceanday #helpsavesharks #sharkandmarineconservation #stopsharkfinning
A photo posted by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on Jun 8, 2015 at 1:56pm PDT
One Ocean Diving takes snorkelers to designated zones three miles offshore for the dives. They don’t chum the water, or lure animals to the site, so the number of sharks present during a dive is a matter of happenstance. Because they return to the same spots time and time again, Ramsey says they’ve become familiar with many of the sharks in —> Read More