By Rebecca Drew
ACTION-PACKED footage shows the moment one thirteen-foot great white shark swam to a boat full of tourists, biting down on the boat’s steps while one brave photographer came within inches of the fearsome predator’s jaws.
Other thrilling clips show the predator gracefully glide to the boat’s ledge to pose for a photo opportunity. In one shot, the great white is seen being lured towards the tourists with a string of bait before biting down on the metal cage at the back of the boat.
The spectacular video was filmed at Neptune Islands, South Australia by film distributor, Malvina Rezacova (38) from Prague, Czech Republic.
“I was very thrilled, but I wasn’t scared at all by being so close to the shark. You just realise how much respect you must have for this huge majestic creature,” said Malvina.
“I captured a very curious great white shark in the videos who is sniffing around the boat and its surface cage.
“You just have to be really quick and prepared for shooting at the right moment.”
Male great white sharks live in the waters surrounding the Neptune Islands all year round. Female sharks inhabit the waters from April to August when seal pups start entering the waters for the first time.
Malvina stresses that sharks are not dangerous, people must learn how to behave around them.
“I suppose most people will be frightened and would panic when they see this,” she added.
“The video was taken during the Great White Shark scuba diving expedition is South Australia, this expedition is focused on research, its main goal is to inspire the appreciation and understanding of great white sharks through research and education.
“People shouldn’t harm any kind of sharks, they are not dangerous if you know how to behave correctly around them.”