Close Encounter with shark scores film crew rare close-up

An Australian documentary filmmaker got footage of a lifetime after a shark flashed a smile at him for the cameras.

Sharks have a pretty bad reputation but one curious character behaved seemingly friendly and even flashed a smile for one daring cameraman.

The 14.5 ft long critter came up for air, flashed its razor-sharp teeth and gave the crew a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
The image was taken three months after a great battle had taken place between orca and sharks in which the latter had banished from the Neptune Islands, South Australia, in February.

Filmmaker Dave Riggs told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he was taking photographs when the great animal surfaced

“They’re basically very curious — any vessels that pull up in the location, the sharks will come and have a look,

“It’s not being aggressive, it was not attempting to kill anyone, it was just very curious.It really looked like a throwback to the dinosaur era, it was quite incredible to be honest.

“I think it’s a perfect illustration as to why we need to preserve it; it really is the last living relic of a bygone era.”

The filming took place at Neptune Islands in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf, shooting footage for his new Discovery Channel documentary, when a female white pointer came to inspect the boat, emerging from the water right in front of Riggs’ camera.

h/t: Facebook Dave Riggs

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