There is something mystical about sharks and seeing big jaws open is at least for me a scary sight and reminds me Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
I understand that chances of a shark attack are very very low, but I still wouldn’t go into water in some of the places like South Africa, Australia, parts of Florida, Hawaii and other tropical locations where sharks are present.
The picture below of the female great white shark was made by a New Jersey schoolteacher Amanda Brewer while cage diving off Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa and it is a freaking scary.
Amanda later uploaded it to National Geographic’s Your Shot community and has sparked great debate mainly on cage diving and what it could do to sharks.
“I wasn’t afraid at all,” Brewer says of her encounter while cage diving. “Once you see them up close, you gain an enormous respect for them. They’re beautiful, powerful, and intelligent, and it erases all the fear.”
Brewer said she made the image with a GoPro camera she had purchased just before her trip. The camera’s fish-eye lens made the shark seem closer and more menacing than it was in real life, she noted. After she posted it online to Instagram and Your Shot, people started sharing it heavily, perhaps because of the photo’s intense sense of action.
Gregory Skomal, a senior fisheries biologist who studies sharks for the state of Massachusetts, told National Geographic that an important question is whether the use of diving cages could injure sharks in the long term, by teaching them to associate human beings with food.
Most sharks find people alien to their environment and tend to avoid them, the scientist says. But if sharks begin to associate people with the scent or presence of bait, aka food, they could become more aggressive or start to approach fishers, looking for a meal.