Diving with aggressive sevengill sharks
Divers capture rare footage of a group of increasingly aggressive sevengill sharks in the waters of Fiordland
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“Sevengill sharks love the dark deep waters of Fiordland but as is often the way on a wildlife shoot we had trouble finding any until one of the last days on location. It was a really shallow cove and there were at least four sharks in the water together. They were huge (over 3 metres and 100 kgs each) and we surmised they were pregnant females who often give birth in shallow waters. Myself and Ross Funnell spent around 40 minutes in the water getting excellent footage but the sharks became more and more aggressive, swimming into us and bumping the camera, so I had to make the call to abort the dive as their body language told me a bite could be next on the agenda.”
Kina Scollay Underwater cinematographer
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