Hundreds of hammerheads swarm around diver

ninemsn staff
7:56am February 12, 2014
February 12, 2014: Watch the incredible moment a man diving off the coast of Mozambique suddenly encounters a school of peaceful hammerhead sharks.

A diver off the coast of Madagascar swam through the encounter of a lifetime when a large swarm of hammerhead sharks surrounded him in an eerily peaceful display of natural wonder.

The oddly calm confrontation between man and fish happened around a reef in the warm, calm waters of the Mozambique Channel.

After diving through large schools of fish and pods of friendly dolphins, the unnamed diver headed to a reef a few kilometres off shore called Pinncale — a spot known for its awesome shark encounters.

As the diver drifted toward the back of the reef the diver was startled by the arrival of a small school of hammerhead sharks swimming out of the blue.

The small school quickly swelled into a hundred, swimming around him like he was not even there.

"They were so relaxed with which was great because this made me relaxed," the diver said.

"And in the end this meant we could spend more time together."

The sharks were scalloped hammerhead sharks, globally listed as endangered because they are often poached for their fins.

The marvellous encounter with the usually harmless hammerheads would have at first been a terrifying experience for the diver and a sight increasingly less likely to be seen again.

Source: Earth Touch - YouTube
Author: Nicholas McCallum, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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