Some sharks are just camera shy, apparently. Such was the case with this 14-foot tiger shark, which stole a $15,000 camera from shark expert Jim Abernethy while he and the “This is Your Ocean” team were shooting a shark documentary in the Bahamas.” Maybe the shark’s just sick of all the annoying underwater paparazzi, always sticking cameras in her face, never giving her credit on ‘Shark Week,’ “surmised reporter Jeanne Moos in this hilarious CNN report:
Abernethy placed the camera on the sandy bottom to attend to something else when the camera-shy shark named Emma saw her chance, raced in, grabbed it, and swam off. Abernethy gave chase in a scooter, eventually retrieving the camera when Emma finally dropped it, probably assuming it wouldn’t digest very well.
By the looks of things, the other sharks were just as interested in the camera, and, well, there is evidence that sharks enjoy chewing on cameras. The above report shows a different shark with another camera in its mouth, video rolling, and we actually get a dentist’s view of the inside of a shark’s mouth.
No video was taken of Emma’s molars, unfortunately.