A shark encounter is a terrifying prospect for anyone swimming in the ocean. When one of the creatures devoured his underwater action camera, cinematographer Zimy Da Kid caught what it’s like to be eaten by a tiger shark—sort of. The video survived the ordeal and provides a breathtaking 360-degree view inside the shark’s mouth.
When Zimy Da Kid was filming a documentary near a group of sharks, one of them became curious about the equipment and went over to investigate. The shark chomped down on the camera in a 27-second video, which then took us on an unexpected adventure. We enter its closed mouth with its gills on the inside wall of its throat, beyond its fearsome fangs.
Once passed the jaw’s boundaries, the bizarre sight reveals a smooth ridged interior. But that was the end of it; the shark understood the camera wasn’t food and spat it out. The cinematographer was left with only a few seconds of footage, but it was magnificent.
Deep Sea Guardians, an environmental conservation organization built upon individuals who use their talents to generate compelling photos well below the surface of the water, sent Zimy Da Kid on an excursion. “Art has this one-of-a-kind ability to elicit emotions in people, and once people love something, they begin to care for and defend it,” he says. “This is just what I aim to achieve with my art!”
A curious tiger shark ate cameraman Zimy Da Kid’s underwater camera. The footage has survived to tell the tale, and it’s worth watching: