Sharks circle fearless freediver as she poses for photos on shipwreck

Expert shark diver Liz Parkinson poses among swimming sharks.
Expert shark diver Liz Parkinson poses among swimming sharks. Photo: Courtesy of Lia Barrett/Caters News

A group of sharks circle a professional freediver who fearlessly poses for a series of compelling photographs on a shipwreck in Stuart Cove in the Bahamas and lived to tell about it.

Though one might suspect the images are photoshopped, Lia Barrett, Korean-born underwater photographer who boasts of 16 years of experience in capturing such photos, assures Caters News that they are very much real, as reported by the Daily Mail.

"The sharks sometimes get a bit curious, but often they couldn't care less that we're there," Barrett, 32, from North Carolina, told Caters.

The freediver is Liz Parkinson, an environmentalist, shark conservationist and avid shark diver from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Freediving can be dangerous itself, but circling sharks adds a daredevil element. Or does it?

Well, the sharks do appear to be blacktip sharks, which are known to be timid under most circumstances and are not regarded as highly dangerous to humans, unless they're in the presence of food and that didn't seem to be the case in this instance.

So neither expert shark diver nor underwater photographer were frightened in this seemingly frightening environment.

Neither photographer nor free diver were frightened about the sharks.
Neither photographer nor free diver were frightened about the sharks. Photo: Courtesy of Lia Barrett/Caters News
Photographer Lia Barrett said you're more likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark.
Photographer Lia Barrett said you’re more likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark. Photo: Courtesy of Lia Barrett/Caters News
Liz Parkinson performs a karate kick as shark passes in front of her.
Liz Parkinson performs a karate kick as shark passes in front of her. Photo: Courtesy of Lia Barrett/Caters News

"You're more likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark," Barrett told Caters. "The point of my shots is to make people question human abilities and scary animals.

"I enjoy creating images that people have to question—how is that made? Is that real? Aren't they going to get eaten?"

Now, the real reason behind the photos? Parkinson possibly revealed that when she posted this remark on Instagram Sunday with a similar photo: "Excited to become a Prawno Ambassador."

Prawno is an apparel company with designs inspired by "real-life ocean encounters."

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