Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Snapped in the act: Thieving shark makes off with camera after snatching it out of underwater photographer's hands


Light fin-gered: The tiger shark swims off the expensive underwater after snatching it in the Bahamas

A tiger shark caused havoc during an underwater diving expedition after snatching an expensive camera from the hands of a petrified photographer.

After posing for several snaps the shark grabbed the equipment in its ferocious jaws before swimming off with the gadget between his teeth.

The 7ft-long creature later dropped the camera several yards away on the sea bed off shore from the Bahamas.

Tiger sharks are considered to be one of the most dangerous shark species in the world and are responsible for many recorded attacks on humans, second only to the great white shark.

Photographer Karin Brussaard, from the Netherlands, captured all the commotion on camera.

She said: ‘There were about six or seven tiger sharks down there and we couldn't believe our luck.

‘We were having a great time photographing them all until one diver swam towards one of them trying to get a better shot.

Some-fin fishy going on: Surrounded by other sealife, the shark swims near the diver before taking his camera

No-fin to smile about: The shark drops the camera after swimming a few yards from the diving party

‘The shark suddenly seemed to get angry and snatched the camera right out of his hands.

‘I couldn't believe it. It swam away with it and we all just looked on in amazement.
‘Luckily it did drop it eventually and remarkably the camera only seemed to have a couple of scratches on it.’

source: dailymail

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