"This is me filming Barbara-Anne. This is not only my favorite tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri
), but she really loved my camera. She would occasionally swim past the other divers in the water or inspect the second camera, but she would repeatedly swim with swift intention directly up to my camera, mouth open, ready to bite."
"It is well known that a wildlife cameraman gets a false sense of security, almost a feeling of detachment from reality, while looking through the viewfinder of a camera. This was certainly true on this day as, when I looked over my monitor to see Barbara-Anne in her entirety, her nose pushing up against my camera, I realized how large she really was and how easily she could have attacked me had she decided to."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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