Incredible footage from inside an underwater cage shows the terrifying moment a “zombie” shark attacks its prey – just inches away from a filmmaker.
Photographer and filmmaker, Euan Rannachan, 36, was scouting the ocean for predators off the coast of Guadalupe island, about 125 miles from mainland Mexico when he captured the incident.
He shared the clip on his YouTube channel, EuanArt, showing the great white shark lingering in the water as Euan films from a metal cage hanging from a boat in order to get the incredible close-up.
The shark then swims to the top of the water before biting onto some bait and thrashing it around the water, showing off her razor-sharp teeth, before gulping it down.
Discussing the shark in the video, which has gained more than 5,400 views, Euan told NeedToKnow.online: “I have seen this shark more than once, I don’t remember her name but she is a female that we had seen on the island before.
“Guadalupe island is a migration path for a couple of different kinds of seals and makes for a great place for a white shark to have a snack. We donate all our photos to Marine Conservation Science Index (MCSI) in Mexico which compiles a database of all the sharks we see.
“And with the help of the sharks’ different countershading patterns and sometimes other unique markings, we can tell who is who in the water.”
Euan explained to the shark why she closed her eyes in the video, saying that “they close their eyes because sometimes dinner fights again.”
“So the white shark deploys a sort of shield, if you will, over their eyes when they go into attack mode just to make sure their eyes will be fine and survive the battle.”
YouTube users were shocked by the close interaction. “100% zombie shark right there.”
An additional: “That’s a great white shark.”
The third was: “This is scary.”
A fourth observation: “That’s not a zombie that’s the eye shouting to protect it from debris or blood,”Euan then replied: “lol I know.” [sic]
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Euan aims to change the shark stereotype by sharing his work online. ” I have loved sharks ever since I was a little boy, but I did not dive with white sharks till 2016.
“After I tried it once, I was hooked so I started a company that took people to Guadalupe Island to view sharks with Nikki.
“It is my goal with my content now to help change the negative stigma attached to sharks, and help empower people to do things they never thought they could!”