Rihanna's So-Called Dangerous Shark Dive
Rihanna swimming alongside what looks like a giant shark is the photospread of Harper's Bazaar magazine for its March issue. She has also posted on Twitter a photo and a behind-the-scenes video of the photoshoot
First there are a couple of obvious difference between the video (see below) and the published photographs.
In the magazine Rihanna is wearing a white v neck swimsuit with her hair tied in ponytail. She poses side-by-side with a giant shark which appears to be three times larger than her. She captions it, 'Then this happened .... #bucketlists**t Thank you @harpersbazaarus for such a thrilling shoot!!'
In the video you see it is a crowded shoot in an aquarium and the positioning of Rihanna and the sand tiger shark is distinctly different. She is also wearing a different swim suit. And the shark seems far smaller.
Sand tigers are sadly commonly kept in aquariums as they are placid creatures which thrill paying vistors as they have three rows of largish teeth. In fact they are far from dangerous. The International Shark Attack File has collated all recorded shark attacks from 1580 to 2000 - a total of a 980. Most of this tiny number were made by great whites, tiger sharks and bull sharks. Sand tigers have notched up 37 attacks in the last 435 years and there was one recorded fatality. Bees kill more people each year.
And one last point sand tigers grow to a maximum on 3.2m. The publicity machine said the shark was three times the size of Rihanna.