They Were In A Tiny Boat Surrounded By Hungry Great White Sharks. The Result Is Terrifying!

Some ideas are better left untested.  That is the lesson a film crew received when they attempted to attach a GoPro camera to a massive six meter (about 19.5 feet) great white shark.  The Discovery Channel film crew were shooting footage for a documentary called Lair of the Megashark off the coast of New Zealand’s Stewart Island.  Wanting to get unique shots and a shark’s eye view, they decided to strap the hi-tech camera onto the dorsal fin of the deadly ocean predator.

Two shark experts, Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande, had bravely gone out in a small dinghy that was tethered by a single flimsy rope to the larger main boat.  Once out on the open water things went quickly downhill.  After trying unsuccessfully to attach the gadget to the shark, who was having none of it, the great white turned on them and attacked their dangerously inadequate boat.

He charges and destabilizes the small craft with his tail, causing it to lurch unsteadily in the water.  Then, he breaches the surface jaws first to bite at the thin rope connecting the two boats.  For a few brief seconds he is gone but he reappears to go after the bait that sits between the two boats.

During the drama one man can be heard saying “I don’t think this is such a brilliant f*****g idea you know.”  Video shows the two men in the dinghy trying to stay calm and safely inside as the huge shark thrashes about dangerously upsetting it.

Soon after, the crew decided it was way too unsafe for them to be on the water, in such a small boat, while massive hungry sharks were behaving so aggressively.  Thankfully, no person or shark was injured in the filming and the crew abandoned attempts to attach the GoPro.  What a crazy, heart pounding, panic inducing moment that must have been!

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