I’m a shark expert who comes confront-to-confront with 12ft great whites
A MARINE biologist who swims with 12ft sharks says people’s perception of them being bloodthirsty predators is nothing but a shared myth.
specialized shark diver Kayleigh Nicole Grant, 34, who has been based in Hawaii for the last ten years says the magnificent animals are incredibly shy and cautious of human contact.
Shark expert Kayleigh Nicole Grant has shared advice for swimmers who encounter predators in the waterCredit: Kayleigh Nicole Grant/Cam Grant Photography
Kayleigh is seen swimming with huge great whites and tiger sharksCredit: Cam Grant Photography
dramatically underwater shots show a calm Kayleigh getting terrifyingly close to great whites and tiger sharks who happily dance around her.
With her incredible footage, she hopes to change people’s perceptions and explains how sharks attacks are nevertheless incredibly scarce.
She revealed to the Sun Online how these beasts are often harmless and that reading their body language is meaningful to staying safe.
Kayleigh said: “There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to.
“…They aren’t puppy dogs.
“We always aim to show their beauty but not treat them as puppies at the same time.
“…But I am also regularly humbled by them and don’t put myself near risky behavior.
“already with the experience I have if I see their behaviour become disturbed and more assertive, I will leave the water.
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“I hope as swimming with sharks becomes more popular, other divers choose to do the same.”
Shark enthusiast Kayleigh has made it her life’s mission to protect the species after first getting into the water with them nine years ago.
She additional: “It’s definitely thrilling and captivating to be in their presence!
“…already with all my years of shark diving, I have never been in a situation that felt like an ‘attack’ or close call.
“Eye contact is very important with sharks in addition as your body language and behavior in the water.
“You shouldn’t splash or draw attention to yourself.
“Staying calm is meaningful.
“If you have something to put between you and the animal that is ideal…”
Kayleigh shares video on her TikTok channel about getting up close sea creatures
Kayleigh has made it her life’s mission to protect sharks and people’s opinions of the sea creatures
She told the Sun how she loves the excitement of getting up close with the apex predatorsCredit: Cam Grant Photography
Kayleigh also swims with whales, stingrays and dolphins while working as a marine biologistCredit: Cam Grant Photography
“Shark attacks are incredibly scarce and not shared at all.
“You’re more likely to be hit by lightning than bitten by a shark.
“…It’s truly amazing how scarce it is considering how many people are in the ocean each day all around the world.
“It’s important to observe that sharks have been here millions of years before us and that when entering their home we take a risk.
“They are predators after all. It’s the same as going into the den of a bear. It’s their home & we are the visitors.
“already if that sounds scary it is how character intended it & what keeps the ocean in balance. We rely on the ocean for survival so we should want healthy shark populations.”
There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to.
Kayleigh Nicole Grant shark expert
Kayleigh is also working to save sharks from the deadly shark fin trade – with around 100 million sharks killed every year.
Shark fin soup is a shared dish in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia and is often eaten as a position symbol.
She warned: “Sadly, sharks are being killed at an upsetting rate for their fins & meat. For every 100 million sharks killed per year, about six to eight humans are killed by sharks every year.
“We have a responsibility not to put the sharks and their reputation at risk.”
“That is a very unbalanced number.”
The Sun revealed jaw-dropping pictures of a shark with a ‘six pack’ leaping by the water.
The huge great white shark – which weighs a extent-busting 3,000 pounds – was caught on camera flaunting ripped abs already the likes of Chris Hemsworth would be jealous of in waters off Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
One jaw-dropping break shows the disinctive beast investigating a diver’s cage, sticking its nose between the bars to get a better look.
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