images1Halle Berry came face to face with great white sharks while filming scenes for her new movie Dark Tide.

The Oscar-winning actress plays diving instructor Sara, who decides to brave the water again following a near-fatal shark attack in the thriller, which co-stars Kylie Minogue’s ex-boyfriend Olivier Martinez.

And despite increasing use of CGI in films, Halle, 43, filmed with real sharks off the coast of South Africa at the weekend.

The former Bond girl was photographed wearing a floral bikini top and rolled down wetsuit, and looking relaxed as she sat on the side of a boat, discussing the scene with director John Stockwell before filming in a shark cage in Seal Island, False Bay.

But shark experts have criticised the film for giving great whites a bad name.

Alison Kock, a Save Our Seas Foundation shark conservationist near Simon’s Town, where the scenes were shot, told the Daily Mail: “After reading the script we decided it was not something we would like to put our names to.

“Our mandate is to try to change people’s perceptions of sharks. The first script that we got sounded very much like it had a thriller aspect to it and a personal kind of aspect to it as well.

“But fighting off a shark, or surviving a shark attack – we couldn’t see the positive side of that, as much as we tried.”

Halle has been joined by ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry in South Africa, where she will be filming the movie for three months on location, as they share custody of their two-year-old daughter Nahla.