Photographer Who Survived Tiger Shark Attack Has Close Encounter With A Great White

Published March 29, 2018 648 Plays

Rumble This is the story of a photographer who survived getting his leg ripped off by a shark when he was a teen and had another ultra-close encounter with one of the predators later in life. At the age of 18, Mike Coots was boogie boarding in Hawaii when a tiger shark grabbed him by his right leg and bit it off in a blood-drenched attack. Check out the entire plot twist of the story!

Later in life, 38-year-old Mike became a shark conservationist and continued to regularly dive with the beasts in international hotspots in order to raise awareness and warn divers.

In this clip, filmed on March 7, Mike captured the terrifying close encounter with a Great White shark, featuring the gaping jaws of the predator swinging at Stewart Island, off the coast of New Zealand. Despite of his terrible teenage trauma, Mike was actually thrilled to have captured this moment, unlike others who would dream of nightmares upon such encounter. Spooky!

Footage shows the tense moment when a Great White shark is coming right up to the camera, literally millimetres away from Mike. What is he thinking? How did the trauma become his obsession!?

According to Mike, this kind of encounter feels literally like hanging with dinosaurs. It’s one of the coolest things you can do on Earth. You can just feel the vibe from this apex predator! Do you agree with him?

If you want to feel the thrill Mike felt, make sure to visit Stewart Island, which is believed to be one of the only spots in the world where you can consistently dive with big whites, even though it is quite rare to see them this close.

‘Filming them actually calms me down. As a photographer I was just focusing on getting the shot and capturing the movement’, says Mike. What a daredevil! Absolute explosion of general emotion!