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Putting a Camera on a Shark: Not a “Brilliant Idea”

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If you watched the Discovery Channel's Shark Week last summer, you may have seen the documentary Lair of the Megashark -- the title is self-explanatory. If you haven't, then groups fighting for a shark diving ban want to make sure you see photos and video snippets of the film crew battling it out with a great white shark. Their goal: showing that sharks can associate boats with food, and that humans can be stupid when it comes to baiting sharks.

Shooting near New Zealand's Stewart Island, Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande were in a dinghy attempting to put a camera on the dorsal fin of a 20-foot-long great white, but the massive animal nudged the boat and bit at the rope that tethered the dinghy to the main boat. They can be seen panicking as the great white uses its strong jaws and tail to shake the dinghy. It disappears for a bit, then Kurr and Casagrande are stunned a second time when it resurfaces close to the dinghy as it tries to get hold of the bait attached to the main rig....

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