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Stunning moment great white shark soars 12ft into the air in highest breach captured on camera

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Fine Art Wildlife Photographer Chris Fallows was being filmed at South Africa’s Seal Island for a Discovery channel Air Jaws special for Shark Week.

In 2001 Mr Fallows took this image of a Great White Shark known as Air Jaws that became one of the worlds most famous Fine Art wildlife images.

Just this past month whilst photographing for Discovery Channel at Seal Island in South Africa Mr Fallows captured what he believes is his most magnificent image ever, a large Great White Shark athletically leaping 12ft clear of the water.

Mr Fallows was photographing for an episode in which shark experts attempted to capture the best breach on camera. The programme was part of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Air Jaws’ series, which has been running since 2001.

In the programme, one shark scientists used drone technology while another attempted to get a photo at night.

Air Jaws from 2001 (

But the images captured by Mr Fallows, who used a tow camera, have garnered the most praise.

Mr Fallows said: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that picture is worth a thousand breaches. I can’t believe how high it came out, it was just perfect… a photo you dream of.

“This has to be the ultimate air jaws breach.”

(Shark Week/Discovery)

Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach director Jeff Kurr told TV Insider: “Chris got some unbelievable breaches. In fact, one of the breaches is probably the best he’s ever filmed.”

Mr Kurr added: “More than any other Air Jaws we’ve done, this one has a really strong conservation message: We have to do something to protect these great white sharks because they are on the brink of annihilation.”


Mr Fallows, who was born in South Africa, was, along with a colleague, the first to observe the breaching behaviour of great white sharks.

Since then, he has catalogued some 9,500 incidences of predatory events involving the sharks on his website.


As a fine art wildlife photographer, Mr Fallows aims to showcase his subjects in a way that does justice to each species’ magnificence.

Funds raised through the sale of his work goes to various conservation causes around the world.

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