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Slow Motion Shark Attack: 'Phantom' Camera Catches Great White Jumping Out Of Water (VIDEO)

07/26/2012 02:58 pm ET

Although it does happen, it's not every day that you see a great white jumping out of the water. And nothing compares to watching a huge, majestic shark attack in slow motion.

In this video for the Discovery Channel's "Air Jaws" series, ITM Instruments used a high-tech camera called a Phantom to capture the great white's out-of-water strike in slow motion. To get the shot, the crew trolled fake bait on a line, meaning no seals were hurt in the making of this video.

According to the ITM Instruments website, the Phantom is capable of shooting at speeds of up to 1 million frames per second. Similar cameras have been used to record other phenomena in slow motion. And speed is of the essence: the above-water attacks, called "breaches," usually last no more than one second.

Although shark attacks are rare, there have been an alarming number of them reported recently. These include a great white shark attack in Western Australia where a surfer was bitten in two, and another fatal incident in La Reunion in which a man died after his leg was bitten off.

But sharks themselves face danger around the world from fishing pressure, finning and bycatch, according to the environmental advocacy group Oceana. The International Shark File estimates that 30 to 70 million sharks are killed in fisheries each year.

Even though the bait that was used in this shoot was a decoy, some YouTube commenters objected to its use, claiming that the ploy was cruel to the shark.

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