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Video of Hawaii woman's encounter with shark goes viral

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:01 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2013

A video posted by Hawaii shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey is receiving media attention around the world.

In the video, titled "A Blonde and a Great White Shark" and released Feb. 14 on Youtube, Ramsey is seen swimming intimately with a great white shark. She gently strokes the massive sea animal, which allows her to hitch a ride on its dorsal fin.

"This year on Valentine's Day, celebrate the love we have for the natural world around us," the description of the video reads.

Ramsey reflected in a blog post on the shark conservation awareness website waterinspired.com that the encounter was posted to advocate for shark conservation.

"As the Sengalese environmentalist Baba Dioum said, 'In the end people will only protect what they love, and only love what they understand," Ramsey wrote. "I hope that by sharing my experiences with sharks I might inspire others to take action and help protect these amazing creatures before it's too late."

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copperwire9 wrote:
on February 18,2013 | 10:34AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure where the SA get's their writers from. Um duh...a shark is NOT a mammal.
on February 18,2013 | 10:42AM
st1d wrote:
the same place cnn gets their global warming reporters. mammal. classic.
on February 18,2013 | 10:57AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
You mean the same place that National Review gets their climate reporters (no science, just a political agenda to promote fossil fuel production and consumption).
on February 18,2013 | 05:40PM
sluggah wrote:
Where did they say "mammal", I think you need new glasses.
on February 18,2013 | 12:23PM
Skyler wrote:
Possibly a typo now corrected - they're sneaky li'dat. ;-)
on February 18,2013 | 01:27PM
bobbob wrote:
the SA always does that. Publish stuff before anyone proof reads, then ninja edits.
on February 18,2013 | 01:58PM
honopic wrote:
Cuz dey let us do da work an' save moeny dey no need pay young journalists fo' learn da job. I said it befo and wuz sent "for approval." Probably goin' happen again!
on February 18,2013 | 05:05PM
aomohoa wrote:
Complain complain and keep missing the point. LOL!
on February 18,2013 | 05:36PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
No I do not need glasses. It clearly said mammal at 10:57 am in the second paragraph. It has now been changed to "animal" - I wonder why...
on February 18,2013 | 01:43PM
aomohoa wrote:
They didn't say it was. You sure miss the point along with most of these people commenting! They are an important part of our eco system and need to be protected and appreciated.
on February 18,2013 | 05:32PM
woodiem wrote:
sea mammal? ouch. maybe confusion (still wrong, though) with whale shark?
on February 18,2013 | 10:57AM
shiNdavis wrote:
If only people read carefully, it says "sea animal"! anyways this clip is priceless :)
on February 18,2013 | 01:04PM
st1d wrote:
it was corrected after the mistake was pointed out.
on February 18,2013 | 01:51PM
entrkn wrote:
As we learn more about animal behavior we find that some of the most feared animals are actually some of the most gentle and docile most of the time...
on February 18,2013 | 01:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Tomorrow's paper is going to report that the shark killed and ate her. Hahahaha! just kidding!
on February 18,2013 | 01:25PM
Bdpapa wrote:
A guy couldn't get away with that!
on February 18,2013 | 01:44PM
I don't care what they say, NOT a Great White. You gotta be nutss. The shark just wasn't hungry yet.
on February 18,2013 | 01:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
I actually saw a video of a guy that made a real bond with a female great white shark.
on February 18,2013 | 05:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Tourist will be flocking to swim with the Sharks! Now just $299. A session! But please sign the waivers. This is how we become conservationist!
on February 18,2013 | 02:36PM
bumba wrote:
So what is she implying, that the shark is a gentle creature that means us no harm? Jump in the water with a great white and there's a good chance you're gonna die.
on February 18,2013 | 03:25PM
aomohoa wrote:
She knows what she is doing not the average person. She is trying to make the point that they needed to be protected and valued.
on February 18,2013 | 05:39PM
honopic wrote:
Wot? Sent for "approval" again? Sheesh.
on February 18,2013 | 05:03PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
So what does it mean that a video goes viral? Is there a number?
on February 18,2013 | 05:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
That is being at one with nature. Amazing!
on February 18,2013 | 05:23PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
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on February 18,2013 | 05:39PM
aomohoa wrote:
Aren't you full of Aloha. NOT! Anger issues??
on February 18,2013 | 06:08PM
sayer wrote:
Wow I can't decide if she is just really brave or really stupid. Probably a combination of both. Beautiful photo though.
on February 18,2013 | 06:06PM
Loki wrote:
That was awesome!
on February 18,2013 | 07:10PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I love her
on February 18,2013 | 10:27PM
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