A great white shark breaches the ocean as it hunts in False Bay, South Africa. This lethal 20 foot long leaping shark may look like it has made a spectacular kill - but no seal was hurt during the shooting of these pictures. Michael Rutzen, from Kleinbaai, South Africa used a five foot-long foam and fibreglass dummy seal tied to his boat to lure the sharks out of the water.
Keeper by Kathi Appelt. On the night of the blue moon when mermaids are said to gather in the Gulf of Mexico, Keeper sets out in a small boat determined to find her mother, a mermaid, as Keeper has always believed, who left long ago to return to the sea.
Hannah Fraser held her breath and plunged 50 feet below the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas to swim with a shoal of the dangerous sharks, to protest the culling of tiger sharks, which are a threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans. Over 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. There are around 15 shark fatalities to humans globally around the world each year. (slide show)
Shark attacks Though being attacked by a shark like this great white is extremely unlikely, the number of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide has grown at a steady pace since 1900. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, there were 39 reported shark attacks in California from 2001 to 2013. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-shark-week-returns-20120813-photos-photogallery.html#lightbox=71804508&slide=1