This Australian Model Went Swimming Underwater… Surrounded By A School Of Tiger Sharks

Dancing with sharks - why did this woman risk her life in this stunning footage?

Photo: Shawn Heinrichs

There are some places where it’s pretty damn dangerous to dance. Next to some giant dude’s girlfriend in a club for example, or in that weird town where Kevin Bacon went in Footloose.

This video blows them all of those of the water though, clearing the way for a shitload of sharks to arrive, and creating the perfect dance floor for the fearless Hannah Fraser – described on the featured YouTube video as “the world’s most celebrated mermaid model”.

Now, while we’re not sure that last part is quite true – we celebrated Ben Stille Derek Zoolander’s mermaid/merman modelling period pretty damn hard – there’s no doubt that Ms. Fraser decision to bust some moves in amongst a colony of sharks is freakin’ impressive.

Photo: Zoolander/Screenshot

There’s an underlying message behind the edit though, and it’s one that you’ll probably realise by yourself while watching the video. Sharks aren’t actually that dangerous. Everyone needs to chill the fuck out.

Of course, there are statistics to show that shark attacks are on the rise in Australia. There have been five shark fatalities Down Under in the past twelve months, when previously there had only been one per year. But the message still stands.

If sharks were after human flesh all the time, there’s no way in hell our second favourite mermaid model would’ve been able to get out of her dance session alive.

The video was released last summer in support of a petition to stop the Australian shark cull, and saw Hannah teaming up with Emmy Award winning cinematographer and renowned photographer Shawn Heinrichs.

Photo: Shawn Heinrichs

Their mission was to create a video that presented sharks in a positive light, but while the footage is visually stunning, it would seem that for some odd reason they did choose to add the titles at the beginning and end on Windows Movie Maker. So it’s got that whole ‘video-made-by-a-10-year-old-who-just-went-on-his-first-school-trip’ thing going on as well.

Anyway, have a watch below and see the stunning showcase for yourself. Anything that features trance music and a shitload of sharks is always going to make for an entertaining watch on the most basic human level:

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