Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Things People Do

Kiwi risks life to snap great white shark

Mr Porter was on a diving expedition with three friends near Kapiti Island, near Wellington, on Saturday when they first spotted the huge shark as they were about to enter the water.

The creature circled their 6.5 metre boat continuously, apparently attracted by the outboard motor.

“He’d go around the back of the boat and then circle it, and come right up to the side of the boat. You could touch him if you wanted to,” Porter said.

Emboldened by the shark’s apparent lack of aggression, Porter dipped his arm in the sea to take underwater photos with a waterproof digital camera, but could not get a good shot.

So his friends grabbed him by the ankles as he dunked the top of his body in the water to get the shots he wanted.

“We threw him a fish but he wasn’t really interested in it, he was a pretty docile shark,” he said.

He's so docile! I wonder for how many people those were their last words. I mean, besides, "AAAAAAAHHHhhhhhh!!!!"

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