Man Falls With A Thud After Digital Shark Attack

A Washington D.C. exhibit at the International Spy Museum has left one visitor falling to the floor in fright. The incident was captured on video and shows the moment Gregory Heinzman approaches a digital aquarium exhibit – marked with the warning sign: “Touch at your own risk” – and places his hand on the ‘glass’ screen. Before Mr. Heinzman approaches, the realistic digital exhibit shows an enormous great white shark swimming in a tank.

After reading the ominous warning sign, Mr. Heinzman lightly touches the screen before pulling his hand away. The shark inside the ‘enclosure’ does not appear to acknowledge the man’s presence.

With growing confidence, Mr. Heinzeman places his whole palm on the 4K screen and begins tapping repeatedly. At this point, the extraordinarily realistic great white shark rockets towards the visitor from the murky depths and hits the enclosure, seeming to crack the ‘glass tank’ on impact.

As the shark makes its attack, Mr. Heinzman yelps and stumbles backwards, falling hard on his butt to hilarious effect. The entire exchange was captured by Mr. Heinzman’s friend, Casey Peck. After uploading the video to YouTube, Peck’s video quickly went viral, garnering more than 2.1 million views and hundreds of comments.

The terrifying display is one of many creative pieces in the museum’s ‘Earth Redesigned’ exhibit. The new exhibit is inspired by a fictional character, Karl Stromberg, from the hit James Bond novel and film of the same name: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. In the famed Ian Fleming novel, the villainous Stromberg attempts to destroy all life on Earth in order to build a new civilization under water.

The exhibit's description on the International Spy Museum’s website doesn’t give away many of the display’s secrets, reading: “What would Stromberg’s world be like? Find out as you experience the residents in our virtual shark tank ... but be careful — you never know when one might attack!”

Despite mockery from many online commenters’s, Mr. Heinzman’s reaction is not surprising considering the circumstances. Great white sharks are one of the most feared predators in the animal kingdom. In 1975, these apex predators received widespread attention from the public after Steven Spielberg’s infamous film ‘Jaws’.

According to official records, the largest number of shark attacks occur in the U.S. However, shark attacks in Australia – although less likely – have a higher chance of being fatal. The shark species that have the highest likelihood of attacking you unprovoked are the white shark, the tiger shark, and the bull shark.

Luckily, Blake Chapman, a researcher from Australia’s University of Queensland, has some advice on reducing your chance of being attacked by a shark:

“Don’t swim in murky, turbid or dimly lit water, as sharks may not be able to see you properly (and you may not be able to see them). Avoid swimming in canals or far from the shore, or along drop-offs. Swim in designated areas and with others, and avoid swimming where baitfish (or bait) may be present. And of course, always trust your instincts.”

Source: HuffPost, Daily Dot
Photo: YouTube

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