A Netflix camera crew says it was attacked by 15-foot-long tiger sharks while filming a new wildlife documentary in Hawaii.
While filming the climate documentary “Our Planet II,” narrated David Attenborough the famous British scientist, the crew was forced to return to shore after they encountered two sharks on inflatable boats.
“The original idea was to do an underwater shoot with the tiger sharks waiting in the shallows at Laysan,” series producer Huw Cordey told The Sun in a recent interview.
Laysan, a Northwestern Hawaiian Island located in the remote Northwest of Hawaii was where the crew took a 6-day filming expedition to capture footage.
“But on the first day that the tiger-sharks were present, two sharks attacked the crew when they got in these inflatable boats. It was like something out of Jaws,” Cordey said.
“The crew panicked and basically made an emergency landing on the sand. “It’s enough to say that they did not get any underwater footage,” he continued.
“This ‘v’ of water came streaming towards us”
The director of the series, Toby Nowlan, also spoke about the incident in an interview with the Radio Times.
“This “v” of water was streaming toward us and the tiger-shark jumped at our boat, biting huge holes. The whole boat exploded,” Nowlan told the Radio Times. “We were trying to get it away, and it wasn’t having any of it. The experience was horrifying. It was horrific. Even so, the sharks’ behavior was “extremely unusual,” he said.
“They were incredibly hungry, so there might not have been enough natural food, and they were just trying anything they came across in the water,” he added.
Despite their terrifying encounter, there is a very low chance of being attacked by a shark . This was reported recently in Insider.
The new Netflix series examines animal migration patterns and the impact of climate change on the natural world.