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Air Jaws Back from the Dead

written by Monique Fallows

Great White shark - Air Jaws

Posted on Monday, 2 July 2018

Shark Week 30th Anniversary.

 

When we began filming the very first Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa show for Shark Week back in 2001 we brought the now famous breaching Great white sharks at Seal Island in False Bay to the world’s attention for the very first time. At the time most people were not aware that it was possible for this nearly one ton super predator to breach completely out of the water and this spectacular behaviour left millions of people spellbound.

Air Jaws Great White shark breach

Now, 18 years later, and with a grand total of 8 different Air Jaws Documentaries produced for Shark Week, the Air Jaws Team gathered in New Zealand this past April to film the latest instalment, Air Jaws: Back from the Dead.

The Air Jaws franchise has been the most successful series of shows for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week so in celebration of Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary we would be putting together a highlights package of the greatest moments of Air Jaws.

 Chris Fallows Air Jaws

Of course no Air Jaws show is ever complete unless a seemingly-impossible-shot or first-time-ever-filmed moment is achieved. Our team was made up of the usual suspects that is Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Tony Sacco, Andy Brandy Casegrande, Heanu Marais, Donna Ansari and myself; and we were ready to make history once again!

In order to achieve the objectives a highly spec’d seal decoy was constructed and a new Seal Sled also makes an appearance.

 Seal Decoy Air Jaws

Chris Fallows great white shark sled

While filming in New Zealand you will be taken back to the various shows as Chris & Jeff reminisce about the classic Air moments. In the mix are some of the most memorable Air Jaws moments that are mentioned below…

 

Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa

Was it possible that Great white sharks could breach so frequently out of the water?

And what an absolutely lucky break did we have when a Brydes whale carcass washed up in False Bay giving us an opportunity of observing nearly 40 different Great white sharks feeding on a whale carcass.

 

Air Jaws 2: Even Higher

Filming the Great whites from under water moments before they breached into the air and being able to watch the cork-screw action at nearly 25 mph at the penultimate moment.

We bring in a specially made seal decoy named “Georgie” to help capture the shot.

The team then travel to South Australia and capture on film a breaching Great white shark in this area for the first time.

Watch the vid here

 

Ultimate Air Jaws

This Emmy nominated documentary sees Chris getting close to great white sharks both underwater in a submarine as well as on the water in a kayak.

Watch the vid here

 

Air Jaws Apocalypse

Here we meet the famous and allusive male Great white shark known as “Colossus” for the first time.

Chris also get up close and personal to a breaching great white shark on The Seal Sled.

Watch the vid here

 

Air Jaws: Fins of Fury

The team travels to New Zealand for the first time where Chris interacts in the famous WASP with a massive great white shark called Fred

 

Air Jaws: Night Stalker

The Team film Great white shark behaviour at night and capture breaching at night at Seal Island in False Bay.

 

We hope you all enjoy Air Jaws: Back from the Dead during Shark Week 2018!

Chris Fallows Great white shark

 

 

Tags:

Air Jaws, Conservation, Documentary, Marine Life, Shark Diving, Wildlife

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