June 11, 2014 8:10 am

PHOTOS: Human ‘mermaid’ Hannah Fraser dances with wild tiger sharks

TORONTO – A model and marine conservationist dove underwater and "danced" with wild tiger sharks to protest against the worldwide killing of the marine fish.

Hannah Fraser plunged 50 feet (15 metres) in the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas to swim with a shoal of sharks. The self-proclaimed “human mermaid” said she undertook the swim to oppose the culling of tiger sharks, which are a threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans.

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“Many people have asked me why I would put my life on the line to do this, especially for dangerous predatory sharks,” said Fraser in an interview.

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“I feel that all animals play an essential role in keeping our ocean ecosystems in balance. We humans have a history of annihilating anything we see as a competition, so much so that we are now threatening our very existence on this planet.”

Model Hannah Fraser dances with a shoal of tiger sharks off the Bahamian coast to highlight the issue of shark culling.

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The model undertook the dangerous swim to oppose the culling of tiger sharks, which are a threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans.

Shawn Heinrichs/AP Photo/Rex Features

The incredible footage was shot by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs and shows Fraser dancing on the bottom of the seabed with the sharks swimming around her.

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The 38-year-old, who wore only a bikini and body paint and had no diving equipment, had to keep moving to stop the 16-foot-long sea creatures from attacking.

Hannah Fraser held her breath and plunged approximately 50 feet below the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas to swim with a shoal of the dangerous sharks.

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The British-born model Hannah Fraser watches on as the tiger sharks attack smaller fish.

Shawn Heinrichs/AP Photo/Rex Features

Amazing footage, shot by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs, shows Hannah Fraser dancing on the bottom of the seabed with the sharks swimming around her.

Shawn Heinrichs/AP Photo/Rex Features

A female model has become the first person in the world to do a death-defying underwater dance with wild tiger sharks.

Shawn Heinrichs/AP Photo/Rex Features

Fraser, who was born in England but now lives in Los Angeles, said goodbye to her family in case she did not return from the dangerous feat.

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According to researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, over 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. In 2013, there were 72 worldwide confirmed cases of unprovoked shark attacks on humans.

Model Hannah Fraser reaches out to touch a shark during her underwater visit.

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Model Hannah Fraser holds her breath as she moves with the tiger sharks below the surface.

Shawn Heinrichs/AP Photo/Rex Features

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