Watch a Tiger Shark Steal a $10,000 Camera from a Reluctant Diver (Who Holds On with His Life)

by Owen James Burke

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It almost looks like he’s desperately reaching in to attempt to unhinge the fish’s jaws. Screenshot from Paul and Young Rong’s YouTube video (below).

Does homeowners insurance cover something like this? I mean, it’s theft, after all, right? Poor guy. Really, I feel for him. But years from now, after he’s told his children and grandchildren the story of how he tried to retrieve his five-figure camera from a big tiger shark, it’ll pay off.

The Bahamas make up some of the sharkiest waters in the North Atlantic, and may well be the premier shark diving destination in the western hemisphere, which is why Italian-born Scuttlefish friend and “shark lady” Cristina Zenato has taken up residence there.

Because the sharks are so accustomed to human presence, some have begun to let their guard down and are giving in to their curiosities–one of which being those weird shiny black things so many divers seem to be toting on lately.

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Screenshot from Paul and Young Rong’s YouTube video.

This tiger shark was fed up and it had to find out for itself, wrapping its teeth around the big black box (which the diver just happened to be holding above a cage full of chum, surrounded by yellowtail snapper).

Rather than cut his losses and accept defeat on the grounds that he hadn’t lost a limb in the scuffle, the diver, perhaps against his better sense, held on. Unperturbed, the shark continued to swim off, and the diver finally came to the conclusion that he was fighting a lost cause. Surely, it was a shameful swim back to the boat.

What I’m left wondering is, how far could that tiger have gotten before realizing that hefty, jagged object it was toothing bore no nourishment, no flesh, no blood? Or, is it possible that it knew exactly what it was doing, but woke up on the wrong side of the bed and was feeling camera shy on this off day? -OJB

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