How Far Would You Go For That Perfect Photo?

A man sits on a whale carcass to capture a shot of the sharks feeding off it close up.

29/05/2015 - 13:38

We all do daft things from time-to-time but have you ever sat on a floating whale carcass out at sea while a shark feeding frenzy surrounds you? No, me neither but this is exactly what one scientist did back in 2008 to watch and document the behaviour of sharks. 

As you'll learn from watching the clip, the whale was found washed up on a public beach and the South African Police towed the carcass out to Seal Island where scientists also traveled to watch the sharks that would turn up to feast on the whale. 

After two days, the sharks had done a rather good job at eating most of the whale but enough was left for a researcher to sit on so he could get a better shot of the action as obviously, being at arm's length of a shark feeding frenzy doesn't quite cut it! 

"This is about the dumbest thing I've ever done," says the shark scientist. "Anything for a good picture..."

So, what extremes have you gone to for a good photo? Comments welcome below. 

(Via DIY Photography)

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Dozy sod, why not just stay on the boat and get a longer lens


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I once stood on side of 100 foot cliff to get nice photo of beach below. It wasn't really vertical but later I thought I was a bit silly doing it. Funny enough there was one more silly guy doing exactly the same.
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This is insane. As it is i would never step near a dead rat let alone a whale. The guy is not afraid of sharks at


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