The terrifying moment two people standing in a tiny dinghy are attacked by a twenty-foot great white shark has been captured on video.
A film crew were shooting a documentary titled Lair of the Megashark just off New Zealand’s Stewart Island when they tried to put a camera on the dorsal fin of the enormous apex predator. In response, the shark nudged the dinghy and bit at the thin rope which tethered it to the main boat.
The two men on the boat, shark experts Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande, are seen panicking as the fish shakes the boat with its massive jaws and tail, causing it to sway dangerously.
The shark then goes away for a bit, giving the crew a chance to regroup, but it soon resurfaces for a second time, uncomfortably close to the dinghy, as it tries to get a hold of the bait attached to the main rig.
One of the crew described the experience as “a bit nerve racking” and another is heard saying:
I don’t think this is such a brilliant f****** idea, you know.
Then a second shark is seen breaching near the boat, causing the crew to reach the rather sensible conclusion that it is too unsafe to be in a boat of that size with 20-foot great whites swimming around.
One of the crew is heard observing that, while the sharks are “not malicious”, they do “kill things for a living”.
1. A film crew shooting the documentary Lair of the Megashark were just off New Zealand’s Stewart Island when they attempted to put a camera on the dorsal fin of the massive marine predator.
2. The men can be seen panicking as the great white uses it’s strong jaws and tail to shake the boat, causing it to sway dangerously.
3. Images of the footage have been posted online by groups who want to ban shark diving, which they think is causing sharks to associate humans and boats with food.
The documentary Lair of the Megashark was shown on the Discovery Channel last year during the channel’s Shark Week.
Stills of the video footage have been shared online by people who want to ban shark diving, which they think is causing the predatory fish to associate humans and boats with food.
In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, fisherman Richard Squires said that he had experienced two similar attacks and is confident that cage-diving is making sharks more comfortable around boats. He said:
A shark came up and bit a buoy on the stern of the vessel, it came charging out of the water with its mouth open.
4. Last year the Department of Conservation only granted permits to two cage-diving operators, under the condition that they observe strict regulations around feeding and using decoys.
5. However, experts are certain that cage-diving has nothing to do with the increased great white activity.
6. The Department of Conservation’s director of conservation services, Allan Munn, said it is “highly unlikely” shark diving would change the behavior of sharks in the area.
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