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February 4th, 2011 | By | 2,377 Comments

Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui

A couple of months back Chuck Patterson posted a video that made many shark weary beach goers avoid the water like it were Amity Island and Jaws was in the lineup. Well we stumbled across another video that might, as Occy would say, “give you chicken skin”… We’re all hoping this one might thin out the crowds right in time for this next swell.

A group of lifeguards from Laguna Beach were out free diving about 300 yards off the coast of Ka’anapali, Maui and captured this amazing footage with their GoPro HD:

If you listen closely you can hear the humpback whales singing in the background and then at 1:20 an almost comical scream when the grey reef shark makes a pass.

As much as we’d like to roust the nearly shish-kebabed swimmer, I’m pretty certain the whole lot of us would’ve been much worse in the same situation. Good on ya brother!

Lots of respect to the boys for keeping their cool and especially Jeff who bee lined it nearly 50 ft to the camera for the quick recovery. I’m pretty sure that’s the fastest he’ll ever dive down in his entire life!

Greg, one of the swimmers in the video, told us this about the event:

“We were diving about 45-50 feet down. It was our first time diving that day, that far down. We just wanted to see how far we could dive down and get sick shots of the sun and our shadows on the surface. We were planning on diving as far as possible. That was our first dive down at 45 ft when it happened I was the 3rd diver in the shot. When I was about 10 ft from the surface I saw the grey reef shark, which was about 6 1/2-7 ft long. It was just cruising then my friend Matt was about to dive down and pick up the camera when the shark went straight up to him. It came about 6 inches away from him when it S turned and swam away. It was defiantly one of the sickest dives I’ve been on.”

The clip really shows how awkward us humans are in the water in comparison to the ol’ man in the grey suit. Anyways well done guys and I think we’re all equally stoked that you “GOT IT ON VIDEO!!!!”

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