Double Shark Attacks Cause Netflix Crew's Boat Explosion in Hawaii: A Real-Life 'Jaws


Double Shark Attacks Cause Netflix Crew's Boat Explosion in Hawaii: A Real-Life 'Jaws

In a startling encounter, a Netflix crew filming in Hawaii found themselves in the midst of their very own, real-life version of "Jaws." The crew, on location for the streaming giant's "Our Planet II" docu-series, experienced consecutive confrontations with tiger sharks, which culminated in a boat explosion and a hasty emergency landing.

The crew was on an underwater shoot around the Hawaiian island of Laysan for the docu-series, narrated by renowned British biologist Sir David Attenborough. They aimed to capture footage of the Laysan albatross chick, known as the "longest-lived birds," and their global journey.

Huw Cordey, a producer of the show, disclosed to Forbes their primary objective: filming the tiger sharks lurking in the shallow waters where the albatross chicks spend their early life.

Sharks Attack, Boat Explodes

Unexpectedly, the crew, in inflatable boats, was attacked by two tiger sharks, creating a chaotic scene straight out of 'Jaws.'

Toby Nowlan, the director for the series' first and third episodes, described the situation in a conversation with Radio Times. He recounted a tiger shark leaping and biting sizable holes into their boat, leading to an explosion.

Despite the horror, the crew, located merely 328 feet from the shoreline, managed to return to land. Once ashore, the team patched up their boat and launched a rubber dinghy, which was soon assailed by giant travallies, a marine species that can measure up to six feet in length and weigh over 100 pounds.

This assault incapacitated the dinghy's motor. Nowlan underscored that the aggressive behavior of the sharks was "extremely unusual." Their intense hunger might have driven them to attack anything that crossed their path, he speculated.

Despite the unnerving experience of the crew, "Our Planet II" was successfully released on Netflix on June 14. The four-episode series delves into diverse animal populations and their adaptations to a rapidly evolving planet, featuring humpback whales, polar bears, bees, sea turtles, and gray whales, among others.

Kayleigh Grant, founder of Kaimana Ocean Safari in Hawaii, stressed to CBS News that despite the dramatic circumstances surrounding the crew's ordeal, shark attacks remain infrequent. She insisted that the public "shouldn't be scared of sharks," countering the demonized portrayal of these creatures in movies like 'Jaws.'

Instead, she emphasized their crucial role in maintaining a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Wildlife conservationist Jeff Corwin echoed these sentiments in a separate interview with CBS News, noting that sharks serve as indicators of healthy marine ecosystems.

He underscored their ubiquitous presence in the water, often unbeknownst to us, and warned of the ecological red flags raised by their disappearance.