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題名: Going Nose-to-Nose With a Great White
記者: By JOSHUA HAMMER
発行日: June 17, 2007
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It was not the most comfortable position in which I had ever found
I was encased inside a ten-foot-long aluminum cage that dangled off
the side of the dive boat, submerged up to my neck in 57-degree sea
water of the Indian Ocean.
I had been stuck in this awkward pose for nearly an hour, waiting to
catch a glimpse of the great white shark in its natural habitat.
Like many people, I am fascinated by great white sharks, but until
I ventured out on this shark safari in South Africa, I'd never seen
one of these fearsome creatures in the flesh.
They are almost impossible to keep alive in captivity because great
whites are among the world's most nomadic creatures.
One was recently tracked from South Africa to western Australia and
back over a period of nine months, a distance of 12,000 miles.
On the deck of the Shark Team, the crew dragged ropes tied with fresh
bait --shark liver, chunks of yellowfin tuna--around the boat,
trying to lure the great white into proximity.
Then a crew member aboard the Shark Team, shouted: "Shark! Get ready!"
Whirling around, I saw just beneath the surface a massive gray
missile hurtling toward us.
The crew member pulled the bait line toward the boat; the creature
Then, amazingly, the great white lurched out of the ocean, eyes
bulging, jaws snapping, teeth flashing.
A 10-foot-long gray mass of muscle and cartilage, he twisted left,
then right, in furious pursuit of the bloody chunk of yellowfin.
The water frothed around him as he lunged for the bait, and as he
slammed his massive body back down into the ocean, cold spray
washed over all of us.
A few seconds later, the monster was gone.
But those few thrilling seconds had made the trip aboard the Shark