Netflix Film Crew Described Being Attacked By Sharks In Hawaii: ‘Like Something Out Of Jaws’

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A film crew working on a Netflix documentary in Hawaii said they experienced a “horrific” tiger shark attack that had them racing back to the shore.

The crew was shooting a four-part documentary series, “Our Planet II,” when the incident occurred.

“The original idea was to do an underwater shoot with the tiger sharks waiting in the shallows at [the Hawaiian island] Laysan,” series producer Huw Cordey told Forbes in an interview. “But the first day the tiger sharks were around, the crew got into these inflatable boats — and two sharks attacked them. It was like something out of ‘Jaws.’ The crew was panicked, and basically made an emergency landing on the sand.”

Show director Toby Nowlan described the sharks’ behavior as “extremely unusual,” per the publication Radio Times. “They were incredibly hungry, so there might not have been enough natural food and they were just trying anything they came across in the water.”

He described the attack similar to how Cordey remembered it.

“This ‘v’ of water came streaming towards us and this tiger shark leapt at the boat and bit huge holes in it. The whole boat exploded,” Nowlan said. “We were trying to get it away and it wasn’t having any of it. It was horrific. That was the second shark that day to attack us.”

Earlier this month, graphic video footage of a Russian man being eaten alive by a tiger shark near an Egyptian resort started circulating online. Vladimir Popov, 23, could be heard screaming for help as people on the beach filmed the attack. One person can be heard saying, “It’s eating his remains now,” on the video recording.


The Russian man had been swimming in the ocean with his girlfriend, who managed to swim away from the shark.

Onlookers caught the shark shortly after and beat it to death with clubs. They discovered Popov’s remains inside the predator’s intestines. 

White sharks, also known as “Great White” sharks, are the most feared species, thanks in part to the movie “Jaws.” But the tiger shark was ranked the second most dangerous breed to humans by the International Shark Attack File. They are known to attack people without reason or provocation.

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