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10/24/2006 Renata Foucre (Bahamas)

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:40 am
by sharkbait
A SHARK bit a model on an underwater photo-shoot.

The reef shark mistook Renata Foucre, right, for food as she posed in a sequinned nightgown that sparkled like silvery fish.

Renata, 26, and two other models were swimming in the Bahamas when the shark hit, leaving her with bruises and puncture wounds on her left toes and ankle. ... _page.html

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:58 am
by sharkbait
Undersea models almost deep-dish meal
By Jose Lambiet

Palm Beach Post Columnist

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Close calls for two of WPB underwater-nude photographer Todd Essick's models.

Essick was working on a new coffee-table picture book of disrobed women interacting with sea life in the Bahamas last week when his muses bumped into overly friendly reef sharks.

A 6-foot shark became entangled in the fishnet costume worn by Boca's Missy Kehoe.

Renata Foucre says of the encounter: 'I'm lucky he didn't thrash after he got me.'

Undersea models almost deep-dish meal
We push the envelope," Essick said. "And there are some risks involved."

No kiddin'. One model, 26-year-old San Fran mermaid Renata Foucre, has 22 puncture wounds on her left foot and a prescription for antibiotics to prove it.

And a colleague, Boca siren Missy Kehoe, found a 6-foot shark entangled in the fishnet costume she wore for her pictorial. That beast found its way out without hurting her.

"I'm not sure I'll ever do that again," Foucre said. "The shark definitely clamped down. There are bruises around each puncture wound, lined up from my toes to the ankle.

"I'm lucky he didn't thrash after he got me."

Foucre's mistake, said Nassau shark specialist David Eads, was to wear a flowing nightgown covered in sequins that sparkled like silvery small fry on a clear morning.

"The shark thought she was dinner but didn't like what it had bitten into," said Eads. "This was just a nibble."

For the past six years, Essick has been publishing artistic photos of women swimming with dolphins, moray eels, barracudas, stingrays and others. Until last week, he said, the worst injury had been a hickey-like stingray bite.

For the models, looking good is the tiniest of problems. They dive sometimes 50 feet deep without scuba gear. They breathe from a nearby helper's tank. And they have to open their eyes in salt water and make it look natural.

Off Nassau, Foucre was supposed to look like a ghostly but festive figure on the bow of a sunken freighter.

"As soon as she got in, the sharks were coming much closer than on the previous days," Essick said.

Said Foucre: "I felt something clamp down on my foot, so I calmly headed for the surface. I knew it was a shark because I saw their shadows and one bumped my foot before the other one bit me." ... _1022.html

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 10:20 am
by sharkbait
The model seconds from shark attack
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

He's behind you: Renata Foucre just seconds before the shark bit. Click the image to see the picture in fullThis is model Renata Foucre seconds before she was attacked by a shark.

The 26-year-old was posing as a mermaid – as reported in Monday's Metro – when a normally placid reef shark bit her.

Photographer Todd Essick admitted the Bahamas shoot, for a coffee table book of nubile women surrounded by sea life, was 'pushing the envelope'.

Miss Foucre said yesterday: 'I'm not sure I will ever do that again. The shark definitely clamped down on me.' She was given antibiotics ... page_id=34