Deze haaienfluisteraar is er eentje om je tanden in te zetten (foto’s)

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Ocean Ramsey is een biologe uit Honolulu, die er niet voor terugdeinst om naar grote witte haaien toe te zwemmen, ze te strelen en zelfs bij de vin te grijpen om een ritje te maken.

Het is alsof haar ouders wisten waarvoor ze bestemd was toen ze haar voornaam kozen. De mooie blondine, die maar liefst vijf minuten haar adem kan inhouden,  zwemt met mensenhaaien om te laten zien dat de roofdieren niet zo beangstigend zijn als ze lijken. “We willen laten zien hoe ze in het echt zijn, niet zoals in Hollywoodfilms waarin een druppel bloed in het water belandt en de dieren helemaal doordraaien,” aldus Ramsey.

De ervaren vrijduikster vergezelt regelmatig de gevreesde roofdieren in de kustwateren van Mexico om te benadrukken hoe belangrijk het is dat we haaien beschermen. De witte haai is namelijk met uitsterven bedreigd. Verschillende redenen, met vangst voor haaienvinnensoep en ‘bijvangst’ op kop, zorgen ervoor dat er jaarlijks miljoenen haaien van onze aardkloot verdwijnen. Tot groot ongenoegen van Ocean.

Als je deze jongedame meeneemt op date naar een Chinees restaurant, weet je dus wat je zeker niet moet bestellen.

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Photo by @juansharks ❤️ I truly believe that if people had the experiences I’ve had with sharks, or really got to experience what they are like, they would be speaking up and doing anything they could to save them too. But how do we get people to care about another animal they’ve always been told was a monster? The way I’ve found to be most impactful is to help people get into the water and experience for themselves the beauty and truth. Replacing fear with scientific facts and experience is powerful but joining me or my safety team in the public shark research program @oneoceandiving in Hawaii or one of my other international projects is perhaps not possible for so many people. So I appreciate that images can speak volumes and transcend language barriers to help open a conversation about the plight of sharks and the ocean. Luckily my fiancé’s an incredible #sharkphotographer #freediver and #conservationists too 😉❤️ Re: this image. This is not a scary moment for me, this is a beautiful moment when a large gorgeous tiger shark (Emma) swims up and with her mouth closed gently puts her nose in my hand seemingly seeking connection. See @juansharks IG for the next image in this sequence. Sharks are being killed at a rate of 70,000,000-100,000,000 per year. A gross and unsustainable number. You can help by combating the demand and supply for #sharkfinsoup in your state/country and helping to ban #sharkfishing wherever you live. Freediving with @daniel.hulme #helpsavesharks #savesharks #tigershark #shark #sharks #discoversharks #oneocean #oneoceandiving #ocean Tiger shark wetsuit by @xcelwetsuits Coming out soon 💙🦈💙

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#GreatWhite #SharkSmiles 📸🦈😁🙂 #ILoveGreatWhites This was a quick brrr cold/polar plunge cage dive in recycled material @oneoceanbikini #GreatWhiteShark print and my fav @discoversharks cute shark poping out of my pocket shirt. There’s nothing like watching great white sharks interacting with each other in beautiful blue water, it’s rare but we see them in #Hawaii from time to time, especially during whale season, possibly following the humpback whales from California who come to Hawaii to give birth in winter. Fins crossed I get to see more this winter offshore with @oneoceanresearch @oneoceandiving 😍💙🦈🦈🦈🤞🏼 #savesharks #helpsavesharks #savetheocean #ocean #sharkconservation #sharks #bikini #sharkbikini #discoversharks #hawaii #sharkcagediving #sharkresearch #explore #exploreorg #aumakua #earth #nature Say NO to #sharkfishing Go #Sharkdiving instead. #cagethefear keep sharks alive. Say NO to #sharkfinsoup STOP #sharkfinning Ban the sale and trade of #sharkfins in your state. Did you know the #StateOfGeorgia is currently the largest importer and exporter of shark fins in the #USA PHOTO BY MY ❤️ @juansharks #juansharks ❤️

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Not sure if he🐧 was checking out my goosebumps ❄️ or my @xcelwetsuits #WhaleSharkBikini Like the #WhaleShark, the #AfricanPenguin is sadly now an endangered species. Over the last few weeks I’ve been #working #filming with @theapexexpedition Exploring the southern coast of Africa search for #GreatWhiteSharks and discussing potential reasons for their very apparent decline. In the entire time actively searching well known hot spots and exploring new ones we saw only two #greatwhiteshark The nets in the region and internationally, long line fishing, decline in the fish stocks, and even Orca have all been suspect. With the sea lion populations booming it seems there is an apparent in-balance. We were also lucky enough to encountered pods of dolphin, right whales, cormorants, and even learned about elephants🐘❤️. South Africa is beautiful but their shark populations are reportedly the lowest ever from local operations. There are local companies like #MarineDynamics doing what they can in #research and #conservation & people dedicated to building shelters to help the penguins out but the nets do kill sharks & other marine life every year. Last week another Humpback whale was entangled in Australia but the government will not remove all the nets despite the uproar over another whale being caught. I cannot begin to wrap my head around why governments keep nets in place when they decimate “marine resources.” Their argument is that they protect human life by killing sharks but sharks are rarely a cause of death (less than 10 fatalities worldwide) wouldn’t it be wiser to use funding to stopping drownings and drunk drivers who kill far more people? Ultimately nets are not even effective and there are better alternatives like modifying your behavior to consider light, your depth profile, proximity’s to shore and other animals and human fishing & dumping activity , your movements, and even things like painting giant eyes on the underside of your surfboard can help deter an adverse interactions. Electronic deterrents are showing promise too. PHOTOS BY @juansharks @emma_casagrande and whale net photos by unknown.

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This is for the #sharks and my team #oneoceanteam and all the people supporting shark and marine research and conservation. I’m honored to have been named #sharkambassador of the year and received awards at this @asiadiveexpo but it’s really a testament to my team for helping make things happen by working together. Special thanks to my ❤️🦈 Juan and Only @juansharks whose been through everything with me, my incredible assistant @blakethompsonphoto who is like a #superhuman #buddah and one of my favorite people on the planet, my whole team back in #Hawaii @oneoceandiving @oneoceanresearch @waterinspired @oneoceanconservation @oneoceandesigns @oneoceaneducation @oneoceanhawaii @oneoceansharks @oneoceaninspired @savingjawsmovie @keiko_conservation @love4sharks @oneoceanteammaui and all the #oneoceanambassador s around the world through the @oneoceanglobal network of people working to #helpsavesharks and #savetheocean THANK YOU / #Mahalo nui loa #grateful #honored #savesharks #shark #asia #asiadivexpo #sharkconservationist #freediver #padipro #marinebiologist #ethologist #oneocean #oneoceanglobal Special thanks to my amazing sponsors @xcelwetsuits @cressi1946 @north_sails @mauidiversjewelry @guayaki

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