A Great White Shark Breached & Just Missed Us!
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A Great White Shark Breached & Just Missed Us!

September 1, 2019


NARRATOR: is a crazy picture. That is a gigantic
great white shark. And as we can clearly
see, the picture was taken at really,
really close range. Maybe too close. My question is,
who took this photo and how much danger
were they in? The person on the other end
of the camera was this guy. JOE BUTLER: Hi, my
name is Joe Butler and I’m a recent graduate
of marine biology and coastal ecology at
Plymouth University. Originally from
Swindon, England, I’m currently situated on
the west coast of Ireland studying marine mammals. This particular photo
was taken off of hand by South Africa in the
late September of 2012. We were in the area for
a university field course looking at the
local biodiversity and took the opportunity
to experience some more charismatic sea
life we rarely get to see. On the this particular day,
me and two of my friends, Sam and Lizzie, went out
on the cage diving boat into Shark Alley in hopes
of seeing some great whites. NARRATOR: Great white sharks
are the biggest predatory fish in the world. And despite their mass, they
can travel at ridiculous speeds, over 35 miles an hour,
to track their prey. And then there’s this trick. This is what happened the
moment Joe took his photo. JOE BUTLER: In order to bring
them in closer to give everyone a good look, the crew
would employee a tuna head on the end of a long rope
and drag it out of the way before the shark had
the chance to grab it. The photo itself, taking
from inside the cage, shows the shark, having managed
to grab the bait before anyone had a chance to react. The end result is this powerful
image of it leaping out of the water with it’s prize. If you look closely, you can
see the eyes have actually rolled back into the
head, as they tend to do when it exerts this behavior. The feeling at the time,
you wouldn’t really describe it as being
nervous because you were too busy being in awe
of what was in front of you. It’s one thing to see them on
say, like TV or photographs, but to actually be with them
and see them in front of you is an entirely
different experience. It was actually quite
a sobering moment when you realize that
proverbially, you’re the fish out of water here. This is their home and
you’re not actually supposed to be there. I think a lot of people have
this image in the heads of them being sort of
idealistic predator, but in reality, these animals
are still quite vulnerable. However, seeing them in
their natural environment is something I recommend
to anyone in a heart beat. NARRATOR: Hey everyone,
Thanks for watching “This Happened Here”. If you liked this
video, check out this one on what
it’s like to dive into the middle of a
humpback whale fight. SPEAKER 1: This is
an image moments after this juvenile humpback
whale took a sharp turn to avoid smashing into me. NARRATOR: And don’t
forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching. [THEME MUSIC]

100 Comments

  • Reply Jackie Barker April 16, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Have sharks always breached, or did they learned it from sea life such as orcas and dolphins? I ask because I don’t ever remember it being discussed when I was growing up. Only heard about it later in life.

  • Reply Joel Martines April 16, 2018 at 11:14 am

    This is real but I saw this from the discovery channel shark week..not him

  • Reply Sutherland Surf Museum April 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    JAWS…respect.

  • Reply App Dev April 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Move along Move along, Just A bit of photoshop here folks

  • Reply Mateo henriksen April 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Killer whales (Orca) and squids (giant octopus) are bigger predatores than the Great White Shark

  • Reply Salvadore Andretti April 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    To be able to ride a shark would be a game changer

  • Reply Huuge April 19, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    POS

  • Reply burntpiece oftoast April 21, 2018 at 4:34 am

    WOW!
    Once in a lifetime stuff.
    If I had a redo I would choose a career in marine biology….and so, so, so many other things instead of what I did.

    Sea creatures are just majestic.

  • Reply Alvaro Perlas April 21, 2018 at 6:12 am

    If u swiming there no chance of survive

  • Reply Rob Hofer April 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    “…they do kill things for a living!”-I love that….so very true!

  • Reply Rob Hofer April 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Aussie surfers call them:” the men in grey suits.”- hah!

  • Reply gordon Freeman April 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    IT PEES WHEN I BURN

  • Reply Daniel Zuk April 22, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I miss shark week.

  • Reply Kurt Sherrick April 24, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Don't get in the water!!!! I think we need a bigger boat.

  • Reply Clorox Bitch April 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    The shark didn't breach, you did.

  • Reply t mac April 25, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Don't hear much about the mediocre white shark.

  • Reply jigen monkey April 25, 2018 at 5:57 am

    fake. Thanks Adobe Photoshop

  • Reply Robert Erwin April 27, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    WOW ! I'm always so incredibly amazed when somebody actually posts still pics on here ! Well done sir !!

  • Reply spencert21 April 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Aren’t orcas the biggest predatory fish?

  • Reply jsilence418 April 29, 2018 at 12:31 am

    this was fucking lame, sure buddy if you were in England and the shark in Africa it still couldn't have been farther away. No video no proof .

  • Reply Dreaded_Pegasus April 29, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Sorry to break it to you, it's definitely fake. Great whites don't get that big. The looked like the size of an orca

  • Reply Shaun Strong April 29, 2018 at 6:52 am

    the orca biggest predatory fish the king of all

  • Reply Jay Winters April 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

    They're not vulnerable.

  • Reply Douglas R April 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    wow what click bait. you milleniall weirdos are great scammers,

  • Reply Bidaqiqa - بدقيقة April 30, 2018 at 4:46 am

    لقطة مدهشة فعلاً

  • Reply Geoff Longford May 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Hmmm.Yes…I'm stroking my chin just like our narrator.

  • Reply naj omar May 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I would never go in a sea EVER in my life!!!

  • Reply Liam Bob May 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    That's one big [email protected]

  • Reply sockpuppetbitme May 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

    clickbait

  • Reply Denise Tucker May 6, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Yeah nope

  • Reply Negro Pérez May 6, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Good video

  • Reply deez nutz May 9, 2018 at 7:02 am

    What photoshop software did he use?

  • Reply Ammo Digital May 15, 2018 at 3:30 am

    That fooatge – close up at 1:02 – can you provide source please

  • Reply Kevin Sorbi May 20, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Just missed ya..drama queen!

  • Reply James Byrne May 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Videos like this should be deleted for being completely useless.

  • Reply James Byrne May 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Reported for being misleading.

  • Reply Thomas Handy May 24, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Fake!!!! If this was real then where is the video or even more pics.. my kids can do better than this lol wow people have nothing better to do than waste time

  • Reply John MacIver May 24, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Chinamen love the fins EH? Got an idea…..Put hook in their mouth ,throw them overboard,troll for 5 minutes,when shark bites them,cut line and release. Great fun!

  • Reply Kevin Gutridge May 26, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I was also expecting a video rather than someone with an annoying smug American accent talking over still photos. I am sick of this on you tube they should stop these boring uploads..

  • Reply Lemmon May 27, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Too pointy snot it’s fake.

  • Reply Lemmon May 27, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Snout

  • Reply balzonurchin May 30, 2018 at 1:24 am

    0:58
    I guess no one told him how big whale sharks are… or that tiny crustaceans count as prey.

  • Reply Adax ! June 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Who remembers Street Sharks?

  • Reply Mel Meller June 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Anyone here from cape Town?

  • Reply cwadeh76 June 7, 2018 at 2:35 am

    You're gonna need a bigger boat!

  • Reply Gsxr-1000 Rider June 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    white sharks only breach the water in certain parts of the world… they arent seen doing this all over.

  • Reply nostradomis June 9, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Thats a adolecent megaladon quite playing

  • Reply TracersBooty June 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    So epic!

  • Reply Flight Channel June 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Congratulations on that shit, could have maybe run up for the Amateurs' Wildlife Photo of the Year. You can be proud, not everybody has such an image in their collection.

  • Reply Island Life89 June 12, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Sasquatch

  • Reply Ninja Dog June 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Magnificent and terrifying natural beauty.

  • Reply AtomicPickle1 June 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I'd fight that thing……..and win

  • Reply politexchangeofbullets Bronxgirl June 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I always feel bad for sharks when I see their mouthes, the skin always looks like they are in PAIN like the skin is all cut up.

  • Reply Nicholas Larghi June 18, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    they were in a cage! they were safe.

  • Reply Mike Lee June 21, 2018 at 4:56 am

    That blonde tho!!!!!

  • Reply Shawn Fahoum June 27, 2018 at 4:43 am

    I just wanna know how tf the camera guys keep their cool seeing it that instant, big big shout out, y’all got balls of steel

  • Reply Lilo Pex wall July 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    That’s amazing shot!

  • Reply Carlos gomez July 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Eye view

  • Reply CJ Capobianco July 14, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Thats fake

  • Reply EpiphonesSG July 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Fuck you

  • Reply Gérald LAURENS August 4, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Ça c'est de tres belles images je un grand blanc lol je suis tres fan des requins en général mais surtout du grand blanc ainsi que du mégalodon c"est le predateur ultime aux lieu de le chasser, les scientifiques devrait l'étudier d'avantage car il n'ont pas révélés tout leurleur secret

  • Reply Hailey Lyons August 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    2018

  • Reply FnGel Z August 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    2:14 this great white's name is Collosus dunno

  • Reply Tom Jones August 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Nothing worse on Youtube than watching photographs.

  • Reply я Hajji 분쇄하는 Bárbara August 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I look back at all the time I spent in the water in and around Monterey Bay and I wonder what the hell I was thinking.

  • Reply Pedro Benny C. August 28, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    you rock!

  • Reply Andy Wasson September 2, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Cool story bro…but that’s all this video is…a story..so for all we know it’s made up

  • Reply Sac kings September 4, 2018 at 12:18 am

    At least we know how big they really are out there…fake video but good knowledge

  • Reply Carolyn Sanchez September 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Foook this video

  • Reply Brian Pengelly September 10, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    That would be the biggest great white ever if it was real but I suspect its not

  • Reply Flemming Tønnesen September 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Youre bothering the sharks so you kill them.. Theyre vasting precious energy chasing your plastic rigs, when they could be feeding. SHAME ON YOU

  • Reply Jerry Hutchinson September 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I HAVE A FRIEND FROM BARBADOS WHO, WITH HIS FRIEND, WENT FISHING OFF OF SAINT JAMES A FEW YEARS AGO WHERE THEY HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH A GREAT WHITE SHARK THAT CIRCLED THEIR BOAT FOR 10 MINUTES. THE EXTRAORDINARY THING IS, THEIR BOAT WAS 20 FEET LONG. BOTH GENTLEMEN STATED THAT THE SHARK WAS WIDER AND 20 FEET LONGER THAN THEIR BOAT. THEY IMMEDIATELY HEADED FOR SHORE, AND THE SHARK CHASED THEM ALL THE WAY UNTIL IT TURNED AND DISAPPEARED. THEY WERE IN THE PRESENCE OF A 40 FOOT LONG, AT LEAST 6 TONS OF GREAT WHITE SHARK!!! TILL THIS VERY DAY, HE REFUSES TO GO BACK TO FISH OFF OF SAINT JAMES. THAT SHARK PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN BOTH OF THEM!! A MARVELOUS CREATURE INDEED!!!

  • Reply Jerry Hutchinson September 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

    IF YOU DIDN'T SEE THE MEG MOVIE, GO SEE IT!!

  • Reply MX -4-LIFE September 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I SURE HOPE SEA WORLD PUTS SOME GREAT WHITE SHARKS IN A SHOW SOME DAY!!! WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT?!?!

  • Reply Tabula Razor September 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    This is FAKE as f***k!!!

  • Reply Stephen Canas September 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Looks fake, out of a movie.

  • Reply Jeff Porcaro Groove September 29, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    anyone complaining about this video is why man is the depraved species of them all! Bible is correct, man is a sinner! this proves it.

  • Reply COUNTRY GIRL PARANORMAL - CARD READING September 30, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful

  • Reply N Mansushy October 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Beautiful and scary at the same time !

  • Reply Càllum. October 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    its not the biggest, a megalodon shark is one of the biggest sharks in the world but now they are exscinted . but i wasnt even there when it was alive lol

  • Reply Otto Metzger October 18, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Not what I expected, but those were some great shots of monsters in action.

  • Reply 1492tomato November 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    "Just missed…"
    You must have one helluva sense of personal space.

  • Reply johnny t November 16, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    This isn't Pinterest dipshit.

  • Reply John Cassian November 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Okay so this is why I try to stick making castles by the shore.

  • Reply Nick Sealy December 31, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Wow a bunch of pictures? The video would of made it more epic but hey it’s cool

  • Reply Tim Cook January 9, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Who wants to go surfing? 😳

  • Reply slimesisters sis January 13, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Clickbait

  • Reply Pi XE January 14, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    we not gonna talk about why the shark has a hook inside its face ?

  • Reply Karee Damm January 20, 2019 at 5:14 am

    🍃💞UMM.. THAT IS FROM ANOTHER SHARK SHOW…. GEE WIZZ (how rude)💞🍃

  • Reply Tiffany Ashworth January 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

    It's deep blue……i think

  • Reply T kash February 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Not in danger at all

  • Reply Daniel Burke February 20, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Blah blah blah FAKE

  • Reply Zroll Zroll March 3, 2019 at 8:15 am

    "Great White"? Ummm racist & sexist much???

  • Reply Visualisation Perfection May 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Daddy shark duddudduruduru

  • Reply Gregory Kendrick May 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Splendid shot

  • Reply Damaris Anderson June 11, 2019 at 9:48 am

    It is wonderful to find people out to SEE these magnificent creatures, not to kill them

  • Reply coquijean June 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    ((((shhhhhhhh)))) please 🙄🙄😀 lol

  • Reply Dawn June 21, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    That was a very good video..

  • Reply Kent Robison July 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Poor vulnerable creatures. WTF?.

  • Reply Sham Abdullah September 1, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I was expecting the megalodon was bigger – _-

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