Great White Ambush

July 28, 2014 — Leave a comment
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Photo by Andy Casagrande- http://www.abc4explore.com/

 

Last year I got to travel to South Africa to get my first up close and personal experience with great white sharks, while shooting an episode of the new Nat Geo series ‘Die Trying‘. We shot in Gansbaai, one of the sharkiest places on the planet and well known as one of the best locations to see white sharks get airborne when they attack seals. Our mission was to film the breach from the shark’s perspective by attaching a camera to its dorsal fin. The camera was just part of a package of scientific instruments that would profile the details of the shark’s explosive behavior as it closes in on its prey.

Henau Marais, David Wright, Willem Van Herden, Nicole Gormley, Oliver Jewell, Adrian Gleiss, Taylor Chapple

Henau Marais, David Wright, Willem Van Herden, Nicole Gormley, Oliver Jewell, Adrian Gleiss, Taylor Chapple

Working with a talented team of biologists and filmmakers we battled 30 foot swells to get the shot. Tune in to Nat Geo Channel on Wednesday July 30th, 10pm to see the results.

 

You can also check out a couple of previews on the NGC site (Sorry about the plug for the Noah film!)

Close Encounters

Tagging Frenzy

 

 

 

 

 

A behind the scenes gallery from the shoot

 

 

 

Special thanks go to Marine Dynamics for their help in shooting this story and in particular our boat captain and scientific expert Oliver Jewell. Give them a call if you ever want to see a white shark for yourself or even want to cage dive with these magnificent animals.

If you visit Gansbaai, the best place to stay is Saxon Lodge, a great location, wonderful staff and great food, all in one place.

Saxon Lodge

Saxon Lodge

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