It was the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance for a team of divers to photograph themselves alongside Deep Blue, the notorious great white shark.
But, in the words of one commentator, the resulting headline could easily have read: “stupid human dies chasing a 20ft shark”.
The female, one of the largest sharks ever recorded, was photographed feasting on a dead sperm whale nine miles off the coast of Oahu, a Hawaiian island.
It is only the third ever sighting of Deep Blue, who was last spotted in Mexico in 2013, and is estimated to be around 20 ft long and weigh 2.5 tonnes.
The divers stumbled upon her while looking for tiger sharks in the area earlier this week and were quick to photograph…