Monday, January 7, 2008

ANIMALHYPE: Swimming With Sharks

These Kiwis are crazy (SPQK)... some blokes were diving off of Wellington when they noticed a ~4 meter great white shark (carcharodon carcharias) circling their boat. Did they hightail it out of there? No, they took pictures of it. From underwater. With no cage (to the right you'll see one of them).

Hopefully this will dispel the myth that these creatures are man-eaters. To be sure, if you're in the water with one and it decides to take a bite out of you, you're going to be out of luck - and a few pints low on blood - but there's really no truth to the killer shark hype.

However, I'm still not getting in the water with a great white without some form of protection. Nowadays you can get into a plexiglass shark cage, which turns completely transparent once it's underwater.

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