Elke Specker is a cinematographer with an intense interest in ocean life. Since 2010, she has dived and filmed many different types of sharks including tiger, mako, and bull sharks. Yet it wasn’t until August 2015 that she filmed with a great white.
Specker comes from San Diego, California but she came down to Guadalupe Island, Mexico for a 5 day trip. There she hoped to capture a great white breaching.
Breaching is the term for when a shark jumps out of the water to feast on prey at the surface. While great whites usually attack from below the surface, their speed and power allows them to breach.
Breaching is often used when hunting down seals, though obviously Specker was not going to bait a great white with a live seal just so she could get footage. Instead she used tuna to lure great whites to the surface.
While sharks didn’t come up right away, with a bit of patience, Specker got exactly what she was looking for. A 15 foot long, 3,500 pound male great white made its spectacular leap to the surface in full view of the cameras.
The great white is the biggest predatory shark in the ocean and one of the deadliest see creatures overall. This shark’s display of power has to be seen to be believed. Watch it for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.