Incredible footage released Wednesday showed a great white shark baring its teeth as it lunged at bait hanging off a tour boat in Mossel Bay, South Africa, just six feet away from an underwater videographer filming with a GoPro camera.
“I feel a sense of excitement every time I see a great white shark,” English videographer and dive crew member Mark Graham told British press agency Media Drum World. “The sharks come right up to the boat, often investigating people in the cage in a curious manner figuring out what they are.
“This particular shark was maybe six-to-nine-feet from the boat,” he added.
A great white shark snatched the bait off a shark tour and guided dive off of South Africa June 1, 2023. (Photo provided by MEDIA DRUM WORLD)
Divers in a cage off of South Africa get up close and personal to great white sharks June 1, 2023. (Photo provided by MEDIA DRUM WORLD)
Graham pointed out that each year more and more people enter the ocean, and in 2022, there were only five fatal shark attacks.
“Whilst humans kill over 11,000 sharks an hour,” he explained. “Sharks are just sharks, they’re animals they’re not monsters, learn to appreciate them for what they are, not what you think they are.
“If you get the chance to see them in the wild go and see them, I guarantee your perception will change,” he added.
The sharks opened their jaws and came withing six feet of the cage to investigate, curious about the encounter.
A great white shark approached a diving cage off of South Africa June 1, 2023. (Photo provided by MEDIA DRUM WORLD)
“It was incredibly exciting,” Graham reportedly said, noting that none of the guests felt scared, and even those weary about entering the water eventually got into the cage to experience the sharks underwater.