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    Alone in his tiny plastic sea kayak, marine biologist Trey Snow had hoped to stealthily track a great white shark. But he had the shock of his life when he spotted a giant fin and realised it was he who was being stalked - by surely one of the most feared killers in the world.


    The magnificent creature initially dived to the seabed, inspecting the kayak from below, before rising menacingly to the surface. Luckily for Trey, the 13ft-long shark was more inquisitive than hungry.
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    Trey was just one of a team of scientists hoping to discover why a large group of great whites, which travel off southern Africa's tip during the summer, regularly swim so close to the beaches.
    They decided to venture into the deep blue in the quietest and most unobtrusive vessel they could think of - a bright yellow sea kayak. Amazingly the sharks carried on as normal, giving the scientists a unique insight into their lives.
    They observed that the intrepid animals come inshore to interact socially with others of their species - possibly using the opportunity to mate and give birth - and can often be spotted following, or swimming circles around, one another, for extended periods of time.
    This incredible picture was taken by wildlife photographer Thomas Peschak - who had to tie himself to the high bridge of a nearby vessel and lean precariously over the ocean before he could get his shot.
    The holy grail of shark research and marine wildlife photography is to see great whites mating and giving birth. It is a task which is extremely difficult and dangerous, if not impossible, and even Thomas Peschak has not achieved it yet. And Trey Snow might be thinking he has already got as close to a great white as he wants to ...
    Photo from South Africa's Great White Shark, by Thomas Peschak and Michael Scholl. Thomas P. Peschak Home -

    It's behind you: Great White stalks ocean canoeist | the Daily Mail

    I'm so scared of them. I can't even type the word

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    That is terrifying!

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    Bloody hell!!!! That's scary.
    I remember seeing a pic once of a surfer riding a wave and there was a silhouette of a massive shark right next to him in the wave....that was scary too!

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    HOLLY CRAP ! He is lucky that it wasn't in the mood for some dinner. I have seen specials where Great Whites breach the water to get to their prey.
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    I would have crapped my pants if I were him.
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    How could you not panic and freak out in that situation? I'm slightly freakin' out just looking at the picture. What kind of dumbass would purposely put themselves in that position? Wouldn't common sense tell you that the sharks may see you from underneath the water and think you're a large seal or some other tasty snack? Just thinking about it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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    I always look around very carefully when swimming in the South African ocean. VERY carefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roslyntaberfan View Post
    Bloody hell!!!! That's scary.
    I remember seeing a pic once of a surfer riding a wave and there was a silhouette of a massive shark right next to him in the wave....that was scary too!
    The photographer actually said that it wasn't a shark in the picture but a dolphin in that particular case.

    http://www.surfshooter.com/DolphinInfo.html
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    Get your bitch ass out of that water woman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilly Willy View Post
    I always look around very carefully when swimming in the South African ocean. VERY carefully.
    You swim in SA waters? Chilly get out and make some sandcastles NOW.

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    Sandcastles Brings back some memories of that poster

    Yes Chilly stay out the water! I am a sissy with the sea anyway, I wouldn't go in there ever

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    What poster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    The photographer actually said that it wasn't a shark in the picture but a dolphin in that particular case.

    http://www.surfshooter.com/DolphinInfo.html

    Yeah, that's def a dolphin. tail moves up-down, not side-side like a fish, dorsal fin curved and rounded at the tip.
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    Really? That easily fooled me then because it's snout looks different.

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    It's partially distorted by the wave it's under. Check out the tail, only mammalian swimmers have the up-down tails (manatees, porpoises, orcas, balleen whales) fish have the side-to-side motion tails.
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