Most of us have been taught that sharks are scary and that we should fear them. But photographer Scott Fairchild shows us that sharks and humans can coexist in peace. He recently captured drone footage showing two surfers and a great white shark swimming near each other in perfect harmony.
While chilling on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia, drone pilot Matt Woods launched his drone to take some aerial footage. What he didn’t expect was seeing a spear fisherman and a shark lunging towards him. Woods called the lifeguards and helped them prevent what could have been a shark attack.
When filming with a drone, you can sometimes see things that aren’t as obvious as when you’re down on the ground – or in the ocean. This is what recently happened in Australia when a drone operator filmed a close encounter between a surfer and a shark. Thanks to the drone footage, the pilot was able to warn the surfer so he could safely return to the shore.
I find sharks a bit scary, but at the same time incredibly fascinating. Wildlife photographer Chris Fallows has depicted this impression of mine in his fantastic photo of a great white shark. In the image that has gone viral shortly after it was published, Chris managed to capture the incredible animal 12 feet in the air. He kindly shared his photo with us, along with some other images that he’s taken.
When a 17-year-old Cameron Grace recently flew his drone on Australian beach, I doubt he had in mind that his hobby would prevent a dangerous encounter. While flying his DJI Spark, he spotted a shark lurking only meters away from two swimmers. Thanks to his and his aunt’s quick reaction, the swimmers managed to get out of the water.
While his wife and kids were playing in the shallow water at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Dan Watson decided to take their photo from air. And boy they were lucky that he did! As he got his Mavic 2 Pro into the air, he spotted a shark moving towards his family. He rushed them out of the water and took incredible photos as they were running to safety.
Shark Week is just around the corner, but it seems one lady decided to get into the spirit of things a little early. The BBC reports that “Instagram model” Katarina Zarutskie was on vacation in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family. Naturally, she wanted to make the most of the beautiful environment for her feed, so photos were taken.
After spotting people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nearby nurse sharks, she decided that this would be a great opportunity for photographs. She says she saw it as an opportunity to “connect with nature”. Well, one opportunistic shark decided to connect with Katarina and then proceeded to drag her under the water.
In his latest adventure, Benjamin von Wong headed to Fiji where he tied down a model to photograph her underwater with the local sharks.
While this might sound scary (and crazy), the terrible stereotypes depicting sharks as menacing and terrifying creatures are exactly what Ben hopes to change with these surreal images.
I have to say, if I die from a freak accident, I hope it involves a shark attack rather than taking a selfie. If you feel similarly, the odds may be stacked against you. In an article posted today in the Telegraph, it was revealed that more people have died from a selfie gone wrong than have died from shark attacks this year. [Read More…]