Great white sharks at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, are as common as kelp.
The fishing industry loathes them for stealing the fish its clients hook. The diving industry loves them for the underwater spectacle. But usually divers view the great whites from cages.
Not this time.
This video, produced by OceanEncounters.net, shows freedivers swimming with a great white shark without using any protective equipment. As OceanEncounters.net writes, "Fred Buyle and Willliam Winram show another aspect of this often misunderstood apex predator."
Fortunately for them, this great white shark is in a good mood. Take a look:
Unfortunately, it will only be a matter of time until one day that docile great white shark will turn on freedivers like these, thus tainting the shark's reputation.
One only needs to be reminded of the story of Grizzly Man: "A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed (by grizzlies) in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears."
With luck, we can avoid such a scenario. In the meantime, one can still enjoy the beauty that is the great white shark.
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