Amanda Brewer, an art teacher from Gloucester County, New Jersey, has taken a fascinating close-up photograph of a great white shark during her recent trip to South Africa which has now gone viral.
Amanda had volunteered as a scientific data collector for White Shark Africa — an organization, which is dedicated to animal conservation and eco-tourism. One day she was cage-diving in Mossel Bay off Seal Island in hope of taking a glimpse of the top predator and she got lucky. A big female shark popped her head out of the water directly in front of Brewer, its huge maw open wide, displaying her razor-sharp teeth. She described the encounter in an interview with Time Lightbox:
I wasn’t even a little bit frightened. When you’re there and you’re in their presence, it’s not scary. They’re beautiful and graceful, and you can see how intelligent they are.
She said she took about 30 shots with the camera in burst mode, but one of them clearly stood out and Amanda knew that “that photo was going to do something”.
And sure enough, since the teacher’s return, the awesome image has been shared thousands of times on various social media and has been glorified in a number of news articles, blog posts and TV programs.
1. Amanda Brewer, 25, an art teacher from New Jersey, took this incredible picture while cage diving in Mossel Bay, South Africa.
2. Brewer, pictured here with a much smaller shark, traveled to Africa to volunteer as a scientific data collector for White Shark Africa.
3. The female shark was lured with two fish heads being pulled on a rope around the cage.
4. With her GoPro camera in burst mode, Brewer took 30 snapshots, but only one stood out.
5. Brewer photographed the graceful sea creature from the safety of a partially submerged cage.
6. The art teacher described herself as a life-long shark enthusiast.
7. Brewer noted that the fish eye lens on her camera made the shark appear closer to the cage than it was in reality.
8. Some people have criticized Brewer for using bait to lure the hulking fish.
9. The shark enthusiast pointed out that precautions have been taken to make sure the shark stays away from the cage.
Source: Time Lightbox.
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