BY STEPHANIE VALERA 01.16.2019 :: 11:19AM EST
A great white shark that researchers have named “Deep Blue” and believed to be the biggest great white on record, was spotted in Hawaii waters eating the carcass of a dead sperm whale.
The nearly 20-foot long shark, who is rarely captured on film, was initially spotted feeding on a sperm whale carcass 20 miles off Oahu’s south shore. In photos taken by diver Mark Mohler and posted on Facebook, she is seen swimming alongside divers.
Deep Blue, who has become so famous she has her own Twitter account, was previously spotted in Mexico.
But experts say great white sharks coming to Hawaii is not rare.
“They’ve been coming here forever,” Dr. Melanie Hutchinson, a shark researcher for the University of Hawaii, told KHON2. “About 20 percent of the population from California and Mexico migrate here every year or every other year. So they are typically here in the winter.”
Deep Blue, who’s believed to be more than 50 years old, was seen feeding on a sperm whale carcass, and this was likely the only reason she was spotted, according to Hutchinson.
“What they’re doing when they’re in Hawaii is really deep dives during the day. And so that’s why people don’t typically interact with them. I think the sperm whale kind of presented an opportunistic foraging opportunity so that’s probably why people saw this animal,” said Hutchinson.
How did Deep Blue become so big? It could simply be because of her age.
Gavin Naylor, program director at the Florida Program for Shark Research, told Fox News in an interview in July: “It’s an older animal and when you look at the distribution of any animal, it’s the larger animals that are older.”