Diver hoping to swim with mako shark receives a rude welcome

Diver hoping to swim with mako shark receives a rude welcome

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Diver hoping to swim with mako shark receives a rude welcome

A New Zealand diver was preparing to slip into the water to free-swim with a mako shark when the shark decided to taste the stern deck of his vessel.

The accompanying footage, captured last month in Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula, shows the shark seemingly teething on the deck, its head out of the water.

Mako sharks are capable of swimming in bursts of 40-plus mph. Photo: Wikipedia

The unidentified diver – the footage was uploaded Wednesday by Viral Hog – wrote in the description:

“I was about to jump in the water to swim with this Mako shark, and this is the welcome we get…. The aim of the game here is to get in the water, cageless, to show people what sharks really are and change people’s perspectives through stimulating visual imagery like this, laced with scientific information.”

Viewers will note that when the diver offers his own welcome – “What are you doing, bud?” he says – the shark quickly abandons its taste test.

Mako shark bites back of diver’s boat in video screen grab

It’s not known how much damage the shark caused, or whether the diver was able to swim with the shark.

Mako sharks are ferocious predators that inhabit mostly pelagic waters. They’re capable of swimming in bursts of 40-plus mph.

–Top image is generic, via Wikipedia, and bottom image is a video screen grab

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