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Watch: Diver Bumped By Great White Shark, Keeps Filming

“I have over 300 skydives and the Adrenalin does not compare.”

Words by stab

Today in West Oz – Lucky Bay, more precisely, 60 clicks from Esperance – a filmer named Ash Gibb went diving to acquire footage for a shark conservation documentary he’s planning to make. It was during this dive – the first time shooting for the doco – that he was aggressively rammed in the back, before turning to see a great white shark circling him. Let’s hand over to Ash:

“I dove down. I was in about five metres of water getting a great shot of this fish and I felt this massive thump from behind. Very quickly I saw the great white shoot into the picture.

“At first I was quite excited. I thought, great, this is what I came for. The biggest thing for me was just focusing on my breathing. I didn’t want to show that I was scared. I reminded myself of my belief about sharks, which is the fact that they don’t eat humans on purpose. We’re not their food.

“I think that’s sort of what got me through a lot of nerves, because it was very intense. Even though I wanted to go and do that, it was a very testing situation.

“I went there to show people that they are beautiful creatures, so there was no chance of me fleeing that situation.

“I was there to film. I got the opportunity. The chances of that actually happening are one in a million, so I took that opportunity and did my best to keep my hand steady, and capture it on film.

“I want to continue on filming. I’d love to see another great white. The bigger the better.

“I have over 300 skydives and the Adrenalin does not compare.”

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