The Great white shark is terrifying but leaves us awestruck. It can launch itself out of the water to catch fast-moving prey like seals. This eye-catching behavior is called breaching.
Great whites don’t do this often because it consumes a lot of energy. They were previously known to be able to fly 10 feet into the air but a recently captured image shows that they can fly almost 15 feet out of water.
The picture referred to earlier was taken by shark expert Chris Fallows, off the coast of Seal Island in South Africa. Seal Island was brought to the forefront via David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. It was released as part of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Air Jaws’ series, which has been running since 2001.
Spotting The Great White Shark Breach
Chris Fallows and his colleague were the first to observe the breaching of the Great White Shark. It was then popularized by the Air Jaws show.
The team of researchers hunted the coast of the island to find breaches in the water, definitive proof that the area is shark-infested.
The technique that was used in order to capture the astonishing feat was trying to use an airborne drone, whilst Fallows used a purposefully-built tow camera to take images after the sunset.
“That was an incredible image — a photo you dream of. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that picture is worth a thousand breaches. This has to be the ultimate air jaws breach,” said Fallows.
Chris Fallows has documented more than 9,500 predatory shark events on his website over two decades. The funds raised through the sale of his work go straight to various conservation causes around the world.
In one picturesque scene, the 2000 pound Great White Shark is seen bursting through the water in super slow motion with a seal in its jaws.
Aptly, the stunning and now iconic image was released on the 20th anniversary of Discovery Channel’s extremely popular Air Jaws show.
Image credits: Discovery Channel