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Stunning moment great white shark soars 15ft into the air in highest breach captured on camera



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Stunning new photographs have captured a great white shark soaring 15 feet into the air, in the highest breach ever recorded.

Shark expert Chris Fallows was filming South Africa’s Seal Island for a TV episode which saw experts aiming to get the best possible photograph of a shark breach.

The episode was part of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Air Jaws’ series, which has been running since 2001.

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

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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.”

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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.”

(Shark Week/Discovery)

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.

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