World's 'biggest great white shark'

World's 'biggest great white shark'

A group of divers came face-to-face with a shark that is half the length of a bus and lived to tell the tale.

A huge great white shark, thought to be the biggest of its kind in the world, has been filmed by divers off Hawaii.

The giant fish, estimated to be six metres long and weighing two and a half tonnes, is thought to be one tagged by researchers about 20 years ago and given the name Deep Blue.

The creature, believed to be around 50 years old, and half the length of a bus, was filmed by Ocean Ramsey, a local shark conservationist.

Deep Blue, "the biggest great white in the world" was about "20ft" and was "hapai," a Hawaiian word meaning pregnant.

Great whites, which usually measure an average of 4.6m, are classified as vulnerable due to illegal fishing.

They are at the top of the ocean food chain and are normally only hunted by sperm whales or killer whales.