For a giant tiger shark, this video might catch the one that got away! However, for one lucky diver, it recorded the luckiest day of his life. The extraordinary encounter was documented in Fiji’s stunning Beqa Lagoon. Lonely Planet describes it as “where the most daring divers hang out with some of the world’s largest and most feared predators”. There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with sharks, thanks to the relationships local residents have built over thousands of years.
The theory is that local teams of “shark shepherds” accompany tourists and tourists on their dives. The feeding sites are specially designed so that the wranglers place their bodies between the divers and the sharks. They then used gestures to guide the sharks to where the food was and away from the divers. They also have poles to manually move the shark as a last resort.
A big fish didn’t get the memo on this special day!
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The rogue fish is a big tiger shark. These are the fourth largest species of sharks found in the world. They are also known as leopard sharks, or more properly man-eating sharks!
They use rapid bursts of speed to catch their prey and can swim at speeds of up to 20 mph. Their teeth are strong enough to bite through a turtle’s shell, so they wouldn’t have any problem going through a diver’s wetsuit. This shark is responsible for the second-highest number of human deaths after the great white shark. They are one of the more aggressive shark species and deserve the highest respect. There was no doubt that the diver was in danger and very lucky to have escaped.
These fearsome sharks can reach lengths of up to 17 feet and live in tropical waters – usually at depths around 450 feet, but they can also be found on the surface. These sharks are known to swallow anything they find in the ocean, and many of them have plastic fragments in their stomachs.
This particular shark tried to eat a diver and his equipment. The footage is one of several camera angles of the incident that have been captured. It turns into a frantic melee under the sea as fellow divers work desperately to fend off the sharks. The large fish appeared to be biting the back of his neck and he lost his mask in the struggle. The shark was stopped by a large hook and the diver survived thanks to the quick actions of those around him.
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