Walter Bernardis discusses three very close encounters with tiger sharks and white sharks.
In this clip Skyler Thomas reviews some of Walter's video footage archives to ask him questions viewers at home might be interested in, such as; What kind of advice do you give to divers regarding sharks? Have you ever made mistakes around sharks and paid the price for it? Why did the great white shark seem to "go after" a particular diver in your video? Why did a white shark seem to "go after" you in another of your videos? What were the defining moments that made those encounters end positively rather than with injury?
If you enjoy listening to a few shark divers sitting around talking sharks over drinks make sure to watch the full 'Drinking with Sharks' video (below).
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Actually it's sharks NOT biting each other. Sorry to disappoint, but once again, these amazing animals prove that they are NOT mindless monsters.
Over the years I’ve witnessed many baited situations with multiple species of shark. While there is only sent in the water the sharks are interested, but are in “standby mode “so to speak... just slowly cruising and exploring, trying to figure out the source of the smell. But when an actual piece of fish enters the equation the behaviour changes so my: the shirts speed up and are constantly changing directions watching for a feeding opportunity. When those opportunities come (fish is offered up by the bait handler) several mouths filled with razor sharp teeth suddenly descend upon the same target with lightning speed. One year it finally dawned on me that I wasn’t seeing any casualties, all the sharks were swimming away apparently unscathed. How could that be? I thought to myself. I understand that they don’t want to eat each other, nor do they want to engage in a battle that would leave them wounded, but surely mistakes are made while in such a high speed competition! On a recent diving trip conditions did not allow us to dive so we took advantage of the lemon sharks at the surface by sticking our go pros in the water to capture what it looked like from the viewpoint of the shark’s mouth. The sharks managed to avoid biting our go pros for the most part, but did mouth a couple of them in their pursuit of the fish that we dangled at the surface of the water. But my footage also revealed the links the sharks want to not to bite each other. At the last millisecond sharks could be seen turning away when they realised a competitor had beaten them to the prize. But even more impressive was seeing their reactions when a shark did end up in their mouths. Instead of biting down the shark actually opened its mouth wider to let the shark get out. My friend Andy Brandy Cassagrande contributed some footage of his own showing an even more dramatic example of this control. Two sharks pursued the bait head on. One actually swallowed the bait right before the other shark ended up in its mouth - but even in the act of swallowing it’s catch the shark left it’s mouth agape to allow the less unfortunate shark the opportunity to escape! Love sharks or hate them, you’ve got to be impressed by this level of control and willingness not to injure each other in a dangerous situation
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In an ironic twist, a group of oceanic black tip sharks attacked shark advocate Skyler Thomas while working on his next conservation film. Blood filled the water as his film crew pulled him out of the water.
Video footage captures the horrific moment.
That's what you call clickbait - the use of any headline, no matter how inaccurate, to get a reader to click on the story. The media uses the tactic unabashedly and no topic is abused worse than sharks.
So why did I do it? For a few reasons.
1. To demonstrate the effectiveness
2. To provide a moment of self reflection as you realize how badly you wanted to see the carnage. We're a bit bloodthirsty eh? Even my friends probably wanted to see a little blood. And all the shark haters out there who can't stand that a provide a voice for these animals...they definitely were hoping I got killed. Let's be honest, the news wouldn't constantly show violence if we didn't tune in for it. So what's that say?
3. The word "dangerous" is used a lot in the context of sharks and I'm going to start discussing that topic in future videos.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY I'm going to release the full video on Christmas and thought it would be a good idea to explain that particular segment of footage because what could be seen as frightening and aggressive behavior is actually a demonstration of fantastic shark behavior.
Slowing down the footage shows that the shark was simply steering away from another shark and in doing so ran into me. He bounced off and moved on. In avoiding the first collision and shrugging off the second one, this shark chose non violent action in the face of conflict not only once, but twice in a matter of seconds. Maybe we can strive to be more like sharks in the new year.
RETHINK THE SHARK
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How many of you already knew this about shark teeth? Probably a lot, But how many have ever seen the moment a white shark's tooth falls out naturally (opposed to being knocked out or jarred out)?
Photos by @mjbillen Video footage by Andy Dellios and Skyler Thomas. Music by Tyler Newman.
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Does the left eye know what the right eye is doing? :)
This white shark is eyeing the cameraman with its left eye while simultaneously making a move on the bait to its right. Do you find that to be amazing behavior or expected?
Footage by Andy Dellios and Skyler Thomas. Music by David S.
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Researchers in Mexico have observed whale sharks behaving in what may be cooperative feeding
We’ve learned of whales working together during feeding activities, well. Now researchers in Mexico have observed whale sharks swimming in circles of decreasing size...before turning to swim side-by-side as they engulf the plankton they have helped gather into one area.
It is believed this allows the whale sharks to gather plankton into a smaller area for more efficient feeding
Aerial and underwater footage shot by Skyler Thomas. Editing by Skyler Thomas. Music by Tyler Newman.
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If media released the still frame below with the title "Shark Attack" people would be eager to believe it, gobble it up, repeat it, and even add more to the story. Why is it so disappointing for us to find out that instead of conflict and violence this was just two animals sharing space in water without any problems at all? That's just one of the many questions that falls under the umbrella of rethinking who the real monsters are.
Aliwal Shoal, South Africa, oceanic black tips.
We'd been on scuba a few minutes before this so had just finished and were just returning to the boat. The dive guide, Walter Bernardis, is also very against the shark nets and said, "Why don't you say a few things about the sharks while you're still in the water with them at the surface." Then they started throwing bait around me to keep the sharks in the area (otherwise they leave rather quickly). So it was unplanned and unscripted.
Here's the dialogue from the video: "I can see the beautiful dorsal fins of the oceanic black tips we just went diving with. I can feel them bumping my legs below me, they're surrounding me, going around me. At any time obviously, these sharks, as apex predators, could take me out...effortlessly. Why aren't they? Well, these are the questions you have to ask to begin rethinking the shark, to think about their role on this planet. It has nothing to do with us...it has nothing to do with killing us or eating us. Obviously it's choosing the fish - not only is it choosing the fish, it's making a specific effort not to make a mistake of biting something it doesn't want to bite. Why would that benefit the shark? It doesn't. They don't go out looking for us. They don't even want to bite us when they have the opportunity to bite us. We don't need nets.
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We've all heard that sharks can smell one drop of blood in an Olympic size swimming pool. What's that mean for you and me? Watch and find out.
Perhaps it's the fact that we aren't participating members of the food chain that causes us to forget that the ocean is full of other scents...scents that the sharks are also keenly aware of. Why exactly do we think they are going to drop everything they are doing and be more interested in our blood? Sharks have jobs to do, niches to fulfill, and have been doing so for millions of years. We don't have anything to do with that. As @DrChrisNeff says, "We're in the way, not on the menu"
Shot by Dan Abbott of @blackgillmedia , Ollie Putnam of @sharkservation and Skyler Thomas of @whitesharkvideo while on location for #Monstersfilm. Music by Tyler Newman of Solidgreyskyrecordings. Concept and editing by Skyler Thomas. ------------------------------------------
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It's hard to keep track of OCEARCH's lies, (unless you just blindly accept what they say as truth) so here's part 1 in a list of OCEARCH's B.S.
OCEARCH tried to branch out from tagging white sharks a couple of times, but even those times it was only because they were denied permits to tag white sharks in other places they were trying to get into.
Although the sharks and the researchers on these expeditions needed help, the general public has forgotten or never even knew about these fishing trips.
The tagging of a couple of sharks in Cape Cod saved OCEARCH. To spend that much money and only tag two sharks in a season is an utter failure for any research organization, yet for OCEARCH it was twisted to the public as unprecedented success, thanks to the deep pockets of OCEARCH’s marketing team.
And thus OCEARCH keeps coming back and tagging the same sharks that are already protected. That we already have years of research on their movements. That no additional protection will be put in place for regardless of how many more are tagged.
But pulling great whites out of the water gets the press every time. Gets the readers, viewers and gawkers as well. Go ahead and pull that shark out of the water, turn to the camera, and tell the world how saving sharks will save the oceans. Sorry, Mr. Fischer, not true, especially not those sharks.
1. You aren’t saving them. They are already protected. You are hurting them, even the ones that survive.
2. The schooling pelagic species being wiped out by the fishing and finning industries desperately need help. Spend your money on stopping that, rather than going fishing for sharks that are already on the rebound and have been for quite some time (no thanks to you).
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