It’s gettin’ real, folks. Great white sharks are starting to take to the air, perhaps due to the wildly popular ‘Sharknado’ films.
All kidding aside, this story is actually partially true. Recent footage shows great white sharks breaching, or jumping into the air, from the ocean. Not just little jumps either. Six feet into the air.
Luckily, that unbelievable footage is below. Scroll down and check it out.
Many sharks, including great whites, hunt by looking to the surface of the water. Highlighted and outlined by the light above, their prey has the disadvantage. Especially when the sharks can rocket up from the depths at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour!
This hunting strategy is very effective on sea turtles, sea lions, younger sharks, and sometimes surfers. It is thought that surfers are occasionally mistaken for one of the shark’s natural prey species because their outline against the surface resembles them.
But regardless if sharks hit or miss their prey, they may launch into the air like this, giving us yet another reason to be terrified. Airborne assaults.
“Sharknado” fan or not, you’ve got to think twice about swimming in Mossel Bay, South Africa, where this film was shot. After all, do you really want to tangle with a flying shark? I don’t think so.