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These Divers Swam With A Giant Great White Shark And It's Jaw-Dropping

It was nothing like Jaws.

Last updated on January 18, 2019, at 1:41 p.m. ET

Posted on January 17, 2019, at 11:45 p.m. ET

A group of divers had a rare experience when they recently swam with the largest-known great white shark in waters off of Hawaii.

Some of the freedivers even TOUCHED the great white.

This shark is known as Deep Blue and is believed to be the largest great white shark ever filmed.

JuanSharks/@OceanRamsey/Juan Oliphant/ / Via Reuters

In 2014, the Discovery TV series Shark Week declared the 20-foot-long Deep Blue one of the biggest great whites ever caught on camera. The shark went viral the next year after it was filmed in waters near Mexico and has had its own Twitter account ever since.

Tuesday's swim was particularly unusual since white sharks tend to avoid Hawaii, as they prefer colder waters.

uanSharks/@OceanRamsey/Juan Oliphant/ / Via Reuters

Ocean Ramsey, a marine biologist and shark activist who started One Ocean Diving, wrote on Instagram that she had heard that a group of sharks had gathered around a sperm whale carcass to feed.

Footage showed the whale carcass being towed from the shoreline as it was followed by sharks.

One Ocean Diving headed to see the sharks gathered around the whale carcass, and that's when Deep Blue brushed up against their boat, introducing herself.

Ramsey speculated that Deep Blue was itching her pregnant-looking belly when she rubbed up on the boat.

Deep Blue was being escorted by rough-toothed dolphins when Ramsey encountered the shark.

This video shows human–shark contact, which is WOW.

In another video, Kayleigh Nicole Burns, a diver with One Ocean, also touches the great white.

This video shows a freediver touching and redirecting Deep Blue, and it is both terrifying and amazing.

Ramsey advocates for shark conservation, writing that the animals have a bad reputation because "of the negative and inaccurate way they are portrayed in mass media."

But some marine biologists criticized Ramsey and her crew for touching the great white.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.