Watch Freedivers Swim with Great White Sharks - Amazing!
January 12, 2012
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In some of the most incredible Great White shark footage ever captured, a group of freediving thrill-seekers swim alongside the ocean's apex predator like it was a friendly dolphin.
The swimmers - Fred Buyle and William Windram - claim the key to their success is to approach the animal with confidence so that it perceives you as an equal and not prey.
"When we dive with them we adopt a proactive behavior, which means we don't act as prey, and if a shark comes too close we stand our ground and even move towards them," Buyle told Grind TV. "By doing that, there is mutual respect relationship between the divers and the sharks."
While this is certainly not recommended for the average snorkel enthusiast, it does show a side of these animals that is elegant, strong and peaceful.
Though no attacks on such interactions with freedivers have yet occurred we're not holding our breath.