Into the Mouth of Death

These terrifying pictures show the moment a photographer was circled by a hungry shark – for two hours.

Brave Sam Cahir refused to panic during the real-life Jaws scenario – getting in the water with his camera to capture these incredible shots.

Australian Sam had been taking part in a Great White tagging trip when he found himself face-to-face with the deadly predator off the Neptune Islands, South Australia.

Unwelcome guest: This bad-tempered shortifn Mako shark circled a photographer's boat for hoursThis bad-tempered shortfin Mako shark circled a photographer’s boat for two hours and only left after filling up on bait which was thrown into the water

The Shortfin Mako shark – which have been known to attack humans eventually left after eating tuna baits thrown into the  water.

Sam said: ‘The Mako made some menacing  passes. On a number of occasions she almost swallowed the camera whole, allowing  me to shoot straight down her maw.

‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I  feel humbled to have witnessed such a display of nature’s  quirkiness.’

Sam was taking part in work carried out by the Fox Shark Research Foundation, which was set up by Andrew Fox, the son of famous shark attack victim Rodney Fox, in notorious shark infested  waters.

Predator: Sam Cahir had been taking part in a tagging trip when he found himself face-to-face with the vicious fish Sam Cahir had been taking part in a tagging trip in the Indian Ocean when he found himself face-to-face with the vicious  fish
Brave: As the Mako circles the boat relentlessly, Sam Cahir slowly edges his way into the water to get some pictures As the Mako circles the boat relentlessly, Sam  Cahir slowly edges his way into the water to get some pictures
Punching above her weight: The pugnacious Mako refused to be intimidated by the much larger Great White Sharks like the one seen in the background, butting them out the way as they competed for bait thrown into the waterThe Mako refused to be intimidated by the much larger Great White Sharks like the one seen in the background and was even seen butting them out the way
Snappy temper: The Shortfin Mako shark - which have been known to attack humans - eventually left after eating tuna baits thrown into the waterThe Shortfin Mako shark – which have been  known to attack humans – eventually left after eating tuna baits thrown into the water

Sam said: ‘When I saw the shark I couldn’t  get in the water fast enough to get some pictures.

‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing up  close. This Mako was audacious, bordering manic.

‘At one point I had a Great White and a Mako  circling for the tuna bait. The Mako literally browbeat away a Great White and  not just any Great White Shark but a very large dominant male maybe six times  her mass and twice her size – it was amazing.

‘Once the Great White left, the Mako  decided  I was the next threat to her free meal. She circled me for  around two hours  making intimidatingly close passes.’

The Mako pokes its fin out of the water as it circles Sam Cahir's boat in the Indian Ocean off Australia's Neptune IslandsThe Mako pokes its fin out of the water as it circles  Sam Cahir’s boat in the Indian Ocean off Australia’s Neptune Islands
Tough nut: The Mako shark bore battle scars from its previous encountersThe Mako shark bore battle scars from its  previous encounters
Photographer Sam recalled: 'The Mako made some menacing passes. On a number of occasions she almost swallowed the camera whole, allowing me to shoot straight down her maw.'
Photographer Sam recalled: 'The Mako made some menacing passes. On a number of occasions she almost swallowed the camera whole, allowing me to shoot straight down her maw.'

Attribution: Daily Mail

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2 Responses to Into the Mouth of Death

  1. dmagnus75 says:

    Reblogged this on dmagnus and commented:
    Awesome pics!

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