Blonde German model escapes deadly encounter with MASSIVE tiger shark

Toby Graves
December 7, 2016

A German model and aspiring actress said that she thought people waving at her from the shoreline were just being friendly.

Model Simone Gutsche said that she had been enjoying the beach and sunshine on a holiday in Florida, USA.

Luckily, Simone had an instinct that all was not right - and made a decision to leave the water after struggling to work out why the couple had been screaming at her.

She told German media she had not been concerned when people suddenly started running on the beach and added: 'A couple waved to me full of excitement.

She said: "There was nobody in the water, not many people were around".

"The people at the beach told me that just 16 feet (4.8m) behind me a shark was swimming".

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It appears to show the shark's fin sticking out of the water as she splashed in the waves in her green bikini. "I wanted to be friendly as well so I waved back at them".

Some skeptics online have said they believe the picture to be some clever work with Photoshop. Together with the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), they count as risky to people.

They are known for visiting particularly shallow waters - heightening their potential risk to humans. The tiger shark also dwells in river mouths and other runoff-rich water. It is second on the list of a number of recorded bites on humans, with the great white shark being first.

A GERMAN model has spoken of the moment she unwittingly came within feet of 'being devoured by a giant tiger shark'.

"There was nobody in the water, not many people were around".

Between 1959 and 2000, 4,668 tiger sharks were culled in Hawaii in an effort to protect the tourism industry.

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