I often read and hear that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws gave great white sharks a bad name or, at any rate, a worse name than they actually deserve. But this story at least seems to indicate that, if anything, Spielberg has portrayed the predators as less monstrous than they actually are.
So, the story took place off the Neptune Islands, South Australia, where 33-year-old Adam Malski was fishing. Suddenly, a great white shark measuring 8.5 ft. ate Adam’s bait off the side of the boat. A moment later the main event took place — a shark twice the size of the first one broke through the surface and bit its smaller rival by the head, much to the amazement of everyone on the boat. Adam Malski, who had been diving earlier that day and had seen the bigger shark — known locally as “Gilbert” — described the scene:
The day where the shark attacked the other was surreal. I asked the dive master and skipper of the boat what would happen if a smaller shark got in the way of a larger shark. The skipper responded, “The big shark would take the smaller one down”. Literally six seconds later, that amazing scene was witnessed by me, the skipper and the dive master. They had never seen anything like it before. I believe that it is extremely rare footage as great whites are elusive and still largely unknown creatures.
I spent many hours observing them in their territory and up close and saw 18 magnificent creatures in total. All of which were inquisitive but not aggressive. Even when one bumped my hand and camera when I was 20 metres underwater, there was no aggression — just inquisitiveness.
Gilbert has since been observed in the waters off Neptune Islands. The smaller shark, however, has not been seen since. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Gilbert the shark (left) sunk its teeth into the other great white which was half its size.
2. The other shark was only 8.5 ft long when the attack happened off the Neptune Islands in South Australia.
3. The smaller shark was eating the bait off the side of the boat at the time of the unexpected attack.
4. The skipper said ‘the big shark would take the smaller one down’.
5. ‘Literally six seconds later, that amazing scene was witnessed by me, the skipper and the dive master,’ Adam Malski said.
6. The huge predator is know to locals as ‘Gilbert’ and Mr Malski had seen him earlier in the day.
And here is the stunning video:
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