Underwater photographer pushes off 12-foot shark with camera


Diving just off Cat Island in the Bahamas, Russell Easton and partners were taking snapshots of ocean life when the duo was approached by a 12-foot tiger shark. One of the divers began taking pictures of the shark with his camera that was packed inside waterproof housing and drew the shark’s attention. The diver was looking through the viewfinder to take another shot when the teeth of the shark was hovering around the camera housing. 

Photo taken by Steven Anderson

In the meantime, divers were also taking photographs of the encounter and captured the event in a few frames. The divers believes that the shark was only attempting to understand the camera housing in his hand and used its mouth to figure that out. The camera captured one shot of the tiger shark when it was clamped down on the waterproof rig. This incident certainly hasn’t frightened the divers off from capturing photographs while underwater. They plans to return to Cat Island to pursue underwater photography as well as taking more pictures of sharks in the area.

During early 2010, photographer and surfer Dale Kobetich was floating off the Newport Beach pier in California when he was approached by a Mako shark. Kobetich wasn’t wearing any scuba gear, but rather floating in the water with his underwater camera housing. After circling him for approximately 20 minutes, the Mako shark attempted to bite Kobetich’s camera. Similar to Easton’s encounter, Kobetich pushed the camera housing into the shark’s mouth and snapped off several stunning shots of the shark during the entire event. The Mako shark was approximately five to six feet long and weighed about 150 pounds. Kobetich didn’t let the encounter scare him off and returned to the water the following morning to be rewarded with a dolphin encounter approximately ten feet away from him.

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