Yesterday, we reported that a giant shark is heading toward a beach near you, so this video serves as a small reminder of why you should be terrified of them.
Australian filmmaker Dave Riggs was shooting material for Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” near the Neptune Islands when a great white emerged from the water just mere inches away from a fellow photographer. The beast looks ready to go in for the kill, with its jaws menacingly agape.
But it turns out that’s not exactly what’s going on. Check it out:
Despite its savage appearance, what you’re looking at is actually a very curious female shark.
“Great whites don’t have hands, so she was researching the area the only way she knows how, and that’s with her mouth,” Riggs begins in the video above. “She was around four-and-a-half metres in length and extremely inquisitive of what we were and what we were doing.”
OK, we’ll admit it. While visibly terrifying, sharks aren’t actually something you should worry about. The odds of being killed by one are 1 in 3,700,000, and they usually steer clear of humans (except for this one, apparently).
Either way, we can’t help but feel a chill when we watch the video above.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week premieres July 5 at 8/7C