Finsbury Park visitors received a shock today thanks to a stunt promoting Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
With the lake opened for a private event, guests who had been invited to take part in filming at the park were treated to the unexpected sight of what appeared to be a Great White Shark fin slicing through the water as they rowed on the lake.
The shark fin was hand-carved from polystyrene and mounted onto a 3m tubular frame with internal ballast and flotation devices to guide it. The prop was created by BAFTA award-winning art director and special effects designer Jamie Campbell, renowned for his work on Sea Monsters and the original Walking with Dinosaurs.
Cameras were set up around the lake to capture the reactions of unsuspecting boating enthusiasts and a macabre installation of a rowing boat with a huge bit taken out of it placed on the lake island.
A spokesman for Discovery Channel commented: “When you go for a genteel early morning ride around the shallow Finsbury Park Boating Lake, the last thing you would expect to encounter is one of nature’s most renowned predators. All of the boaters saw the funny side and we can assure everyone that it is perfectly safe to go back in the water!”
Shark Week, which returns to Discovery Channel screens from Sunday 10th August, features a raft of programmes on the razor-toothed predators.
Check out a video of the stunt below: