This is way too close a call for these boaters not to be freaking out…
A film crew in this video from YouTube’s MaxAnimal recently came eyeball to eyeball with one of the ocean’s top apex predators.
While filming off the coast of South Africa, a great white shark was observed by underwater camera circling the boat.
The shark popped his head out of the water, revealing his pearly whites (which could have been straight out of the 1959 Bobby Darin hit, “Mack the Knife”), and looked right at the film crew with black cue ball-size eyes.
Apparently not one to wait for a hapless cameraman to fall into the drink and be served up au naturel, the shark appeared to take matters into his own hands and bite the rubber inflatable pontoon boat, popping it on one side. As you would expect, the boat began to sink.
I can only think of one thing worse and that would be a nighttime version. Why wasn’t there a little more panic going on in that boat? All they did was grab their cameras…
The film crew was able to make it to safety and fortunately the shark was not harmed. As was revealed in a previous article, sharks will often bite an object out of curiosity. A most unsettling encounter for those involved I’m sure. I wonder if the shark has gotten the taste of rubber out of his mouth yet.
Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
Ya know when that shark bites, with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
-Bobby Darin “Mac the Knife”