The Sharks Are Fighting Back
People worldwide seek the thrill of being in a steel cage surrounded by these powerful predators under the sea. Usually, the sharks peacefully swim around the cage as divers admire them. Yet, on rare occasions, something might agitate the shark, leading to bites or swimming into the cage. The shark got stuck in the cage in this specific situation, resulting in thrashing movements.
Watch Out Behind You
Despite Hollywood’s scary portrayals, the ocean and sharks aren’t as dangerous as many think. In this picture, the kayaker isn’t in immediate danger; the curious shark is just observing their activity. While some would panic and avoid the water, staying calm is essential. Though the shark might mistake the kayak for a seal and give it a nibble, serious harm is unlikely. It might startle, but that’s the extent of the danger.
Cue The Jaws Theme Song
“Bad-um, bad-um, bum bum bum bum…” It’s uncomfortably close as the man narrowly avoids the shark’s jaws, reminiscent of a scene from the movie Jaws. Surfer Mick Fanning had a close encounter with a shark while competing, and thanks to his quick-thinking competitor Julian Wilson, he was saved. Fanning is incredibly lucky to be alive after such a harrowing experience, as not many people would have made it out alive.
“Say, Ahhhh.” This monstrous-looking fish is real, and knowing we share the water with it is unsettling. However, encountering this basking shark face-to-face is unlikely. It’s the second-largest living shark after the whale shark and feeds on krill and plankton, using its massive mouth to filter gallons of water. Don’t worry; it only poses a concern to tiny organisms since it’s one of three shark types that feed on plankton.
Don’t Touch Those Stingers
Jellyfish stings are excruciating. Spotting them in water is tough, making avoidance difficult. In the open seas, huge species like the Lion’s Mane jellyfish (pictured below) can reach up to 120 feet. A sting from these monstrous jellyfish would cover your body. While they don’t mean harm, accidents can occur if you’re not cautious.
Horror Movie Meets Real Life
Straight out of Mega Shark VS. Giant Octopus, a massive tentacle lurks in a local river, an encounter nobody desires, especially with a giant squid or octopus. The sheer size could crush the town and bridge. Despite undiscovered creatures in the water, one would expect such a size to be noticed. If we found this tentacle near our home, we’d move far away instantly.
Octopuses may seem cute and timid, but they can be quite terrifying. Certain types are poisonous, and all of them possess beak-like mouths in the midst of their tentacles. Getting on their bad side is not something you’d want. Octopuses are territorial, yet they generally won’t attack humans unless provoked. However, when defending their territory, incidents can occur. This particular one looks displeased, and if we were that diver, we’d swim away cautiously.
Sea Snakes Or Seaweed
This resembles something from Spongebob, but it’s far more intimidating. They might appear like swaying sea plants from above, but getting closer reveals their faces and mouths capable of biting. They’re a type of Eel closely related to snakes, hiding in the ground and letting the ocean move them. Although they may seem small, some Eels can grow up to 160 pounds. These creatures are massive and not so friendly.
You’ve Got Company
For surfers, the worst scenario is encountering a shark. When they see their silhouette from below, these predators often mistake surfers for seals. While not all sharks attack surfers, it’s riskier to be in such a situation. The surfer, in this case, caught a glimpse of the shark in the wave and quickly turned around, terrified. Many surfing hotspots are also home to sharks, and they often share the water.
On The Hunt
This photo captures that moment before the shark breaks the water’s surface to bite its target. As apex predators, they have a unique hunting style and can jump almost 11 feet due to their powerful swimming ability. It’s both fascinating and daunting to witness them hunt, but being their prey is something we’d never want to experience.