"A sandtiger shark, or raggie (Carcharias taurus
) as they are known locally, feeding on a reef fish at night. These sharks are popular with divers as, while they look menacing, they are relatively safe during the day. However, at night with some food in the offing, the action hots up. I arrived on the reef at sunset and soon about a dozen raggies were swimming excitedly around me, trying to bite everything in sight, including my camera and me. My daughter, Jade, was assisting me that night and was bitten on her arm by a raggie that was momentarily blinded and confused by my powerful video lights. Fortunately it was not a serious bite, but it generated a fair amount of commotion when she walked into the local hospital for stitches."Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell is an underwater cinematographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. A keen diver and lover of the marine environment for 35 years, Maxwell has made documentaries for the National Geographic Society and the BBC. He runs his own business, Underwater Video Services.
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