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We’re all fascinated by sharks, as evidenced by “Shark Week” and movies like “Sharknado” and “Jaws.”
For most of us, sharks are terrifying, but we can safely keep our distance from them.
Some celebrities, however, have come close to the dangerous predators.
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While filming “David Hasselhoff’s Sharkwatch,” a film series for The Underwater Channel, Hasselhoff had a terrifying encounter with a tiger shark, one of the most dangerous sharks living in the ocean.
Hasselhoff spoke to Hello! Magazine about the incident, detailing how small he felt swimming next to the shark and how terrified he was to see its open mouth and the seemingly endless rows of teeth.
“Suddenly a tiger shark stalked towards me – a tall girl, about 10 feet long. just a snack,” Hasselhoff told the magazine. “She opened her big mouth. All I could see were rows of razor-sharp white teeth. I held out the bait, hoping it would make her happy. I admitted to (l ‘expert on the show) Mark that I was scared more than I ever was when the shark opened its mouth.”
Fortunately, Hasselhoff’s trick with the bait worked and he was able to escape the tiger shark unscathed.
During a 2014 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio opened up about the time he got stuck in a diving cage with a great white shark, which he said hadn’t happened in 30 years. that a scuba diving company offered this experience.
“We went scuba diving looking for sharks, and I had a huge fear of sharks. And when I did ‘Blood Diamond’ in 2006, I got stuck in a cage with a big white, which was awesome,” DiCaprio told Ellen. “It was great. It was a gigantic great white, and it was in the cage with me.”
He went on to explain that the tuna somehow got stuck on top of the cage and when the shark tried to eat it, it got stuck in the cage.
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“He walked into the cage with me, and half his body was in and out,” DiCaprio explained. “And I got flattened to the bottom, and it was so far, and it gnawed a few times. But I survived.”
Bethany Hamilton was on her way to becoming a professional surfer when she was bitten by a shark at age 13.
Hamilton lost her left arm in the shark attack, but she was back in the water just 26 days after the accident. Through hard work and dedication, she was able to do the impossible and become a professional surfer.
“Looking back I see all the beauty and goodness that comes from losing my arm that I wouldn’t change life to be the way I think it should be, but rather just embrace life as it is. ‘she is,’ she told CNN.
Hamilton says her faith kept her going when the going got tough.
“When the tough times come my way,” Hamilton told CNN, “I really rely on my faith in God and just say to myself, ‘Hey God, I don’t know why I lost my arm, but I will trust you and know that good can come from this situation.'”
During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Hayden Panettiere called herself a shark magnet. She claims that whenever she’s in the ocean, whether paddling or swimming, a shark appears. She went on to describe a particularly frightening experience while scuba diving.
“This safety diver came in to take pictures of my brother and my mother, and they had their fins on. And when the shark gets too close, you put your fins in his face, and I didn’t have my fins. And, all of a sudden, they start saying, ‘Shark, right behind you,'” Panettiere told Kimmel.
She got away with it unscathed, but admittedly didn’t do it in the safest way possible.
“I swam for my life. … They were yelling at us because the worst thing to do is swim away from the shark and do all the splashing,” she explained. “I was like, ‘Guys, you shouted shark. … How else do people react?’ I practically walked on water to the boat.”
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt went scuba diving on their honeymoon and came across a shark. Krasinski explained on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that the only way he could convince Blunt to dive was to promise him they wouldn’t see any sharks.
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“Emily never wanted to learn scuba diving, and I thought, ‘We’ll never get in trouble with sharks,’ and I saw it, and Emily didn’t,” Krasinski said. “It was pretty scary.”
While taking a break from filming the Disney Channel Original “Teen Beach Movie,” Ross Lynch decided to have some fun and go snorkeling in Puerto Rico.
After snorkeling for some time, Lynch and his friends encountered a shark which he described as “of sufficient size to take a limb”.
“We were snorkeling for three hours, so we were a bit far out and a shark started swimming up to us. And we all freaked out and… we stayed really close,” Lynch explained.
Luckily for Ross and his friends, the shark showed no interest in them and swam away without harming them.
In an effort to face his fears, Will Smith agreed to swim with sharks for a Shark Week special, “Will Smith: Off the Deep End.” Smith’s fear of sharks was so intense that he didn’t want to learn to swim until he was in his 40s.
“I blame Steven Spielberg,” Smith said on the show, referring to the 1975 film “Jaws.” “I was literally scared in the tub. I literally felt like a shark could come out of the spout.”
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“I firmly believe that fear creates the greatest atrocities and evils that have ever been committed on this planet,” Smith said on the show. “Fear is poison, and I will clean mine.”
He called the experience life changing, saying “there was Will Smith before the sharks and there is Will Smith after the sharks”.
Australian actor Ryan Kwanten started surfing at a very young age and continues to this day, despite his terrifying encounter with a shark at the age of 12.
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“I fell off the top of a wave and put my hand down, expecting to hit the sandbar, and it went straight into a shark’s mouth… (but) it was an unhappy shark he’s got more gums than teeth. … I wasn’t bitten, I was gummed up (but) there are scars to prove it,” Kwanten said.
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