Crazy diver jumps into the pacific to swim with a hammerhead shark… For a better view to film them
A diver with a taste for danger jumped straight into shark-infested waters… because he wanted to get a better filming angle.
Forest Galante, 26, was free dive spear fishing off the California coast when he spotted Hammerhead shark circling his boat.
Instead of staying safely on board, the insane adventurer decided to dive straight in – go-pro camera in hand – to get a better view.
Forest, who has been featured on the Discovery Channel for his incredible outdoor pursuits, said: “The first thing that came to my mind was I have got to get in and swim with this amazing animal.”
The daredevil and trained biologist was fishing for yellow tail fish with his friend Adam when he spotted the shark started filming the shark.
After deciding he wanted a close up, he jumped in hoping their Hammerhead friend would be friendly.
But after a few minutes and a close call that forced Adam to put the barrel of the gun between the ocean predator and the two divers, they clambered back onto their boat.
When he got back to shore Forest posted the video to his Facebook page – facebook.com/forrestgalante – where it quickly went viral.
Forest said: “It was just another day out diving at the stunning Channel Islands.
“All of a sudden, while we were back on the boat cleaning our day’s catch, a large Hammerhead shark showed up and began circling the boat.
“It was incredible – scalloped hammerheads are generally rare as it is, but for one to be all the way up in the northern Channel Islands of California is practically unheard of.
“Right before jumping in my friend Adam says to me, ‘Shall I grab a gun?’, I responded with a cocky, ‘No, Hammerheads aren’t generally interested in people.’
“Luckily, my good friend knows me well enough to know that he should always err on the side of caution when I get that crazy look in my eye
“Only when we hopped into the water was it really evident that the shark was fired up.
“He came straight at us to the point we were pulling our fins in keeping our limbs close to our body.
“Had Adam not had a gun to put between us and the shark I think things would have gone a lot worse for us
“That was not the smartest idea we’ve ever had but for me, the thrill of interacting with an animal like that is worth the risk.”