Sharks are a pretty captivating species. A surprisingly large number of movies have even been made based on our fear of them. As Shark Week kicks off, Discovery Channel celebrates one of the most amazing shark feats … jumping. In this Shark Week video, a great white shark is caught on film as it lunges out of the water to snatch its prey.
Earlier this year, a photographer unknowingly caught on camera a shark jumping over a surfer, and a photography team recently shared their photos of the great white shark “flying.” These sharks are known to lunge ten feet from the ocean to grab their prey.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, filmmaker Jeff Kurr said, "I know that Shark Week has partnered with several environmental groups whose primary directive and initiative is to get the word out that sharks are being slaughtered worldwide at an unsustainable rate."
Shark finning has caused controversy around the U.S. and the world, and Monterey Bay Aquarium's Mike Sutton says, "The collapse of shark populations because of overfishing is a conservation issue of global concern, and the demand for fins drives overfishing of sharks."