July 15, 2010

Telegraph: NC Free-Diver Hitches a Ride with Sand Shark

The female free-diver Ashley Futral has been pictured catching a ride on the back of a 10-foot-long deadly sand shark off the coast of North Carolina, USA.


The fearless extreme sportswoman has swum over 100 times with the creatures in an artificial reef created by the sinking of two copper dredgers.

Even pausing to touch the nose of one of the 250-pound sharks, Miss Futral, 27, kept her nerve...

Able to hold her breath for five minutes, Miss Futral had no experience of sea diving before she began her steep learning curve in free-diving three years. But she can now confidently swim with sharks that grow to four yards long...

"I have swum with these sharks and other swirling Amberjack fish repeatedly and I feel comfortable in their presence and I think that they are comfortable with me," said Miss Futral who owns her own free diving firm in Wilmington, North Carolina...


Read the full Telegraph.co.uk article
here (plus many more fantastic photos)
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