Dedicated Scientist Sits on Whale Carcass to Get the Perfect Shot of a Great White Shark


In case you missed this in 2008: The Discovery Channel aired this clip of a scientist's unusual method for getting closer to great whites. Perched on top of a dead whale and surrounded by sharks, a scientist snapped some close-up pictures of the deadly fish.

After the whale washed up on the beach in South Africa, it was towed back into the ocean. As soon as the whale hit deeper water, great white sharks descended on the carcass. Realizing that this event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one scientist jumped on the dead whale to get a better vantage point.

"This is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever done," he said. "Anything for a good picture."