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Reimagining Sharks



Sharks are facing extinction. S&H’s resident surfer, Kalia Kelmenson, explains why that matters.

Imagine you are floating on the surface of the ocean, looking down into the fathomless depths of blue. The sunlight streams down as far as you can see, and there is a sense of bottomlessness that is disorienting. Then, from those depths emerges a massive creature, over 20 feet long and weighing around 5,000 pounds. For the team from One Ocean Diving and Research, this scenario played out earlier this year off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. They were conducting research on tiger sharks feeding off the carcass of a dead sperm whale floating nearby. The emergence of the massive great white shark from the depths of the ocean was cause for exhilaration and joy. Named Deep Blue by researchers, the shark is estimated to be 50 years old. “It was my first great white experience so I thought I would be nervous, but it was very much the opposite,” explains Kayleigh Grant, one of the researchers in the water that day. “She was so large and full and potentially pregnant that she posed no threat to us. She was very slow moving and cautious and calm. It was an amazing experience to swim with a pre …

Kalia Kelmenson

Kalia Kelmenson founded Maui Mind and Body to support women's health. She is the creator of Core Strength Balance and Mind Body Booty Camp and is the editorial director at Spirituality & Health. Kalia explores the fascinating intersection of fitness and mind-body health. Find inspiration for your movement practice from research and stories that are emerging from this intriguing field.

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