Taking another 60 second look at Guadalupe we focus on the temperature. Above and below the surface things are very nice. I wouldn't call the water warm, but South Africa and Guadalupe are the only two places I've gotten in a cage without a wetsuit for any amount of time. South Africa comes in second because you can only do this in South Africa's summer and your time in the cage is much shorter than in Guadalupe; I don't think it would be fair to compare 20 minutes in a cage to four hours. Because you can stay in the water so long in Guadalupe most people where a wetsuit in order to preserve their body temperature. This is particularly important when going into deeper water with the submersible cage where you can definitely feel the temperature drop. Furthermore the weight harnesses are heavy enough that it's nice to have the wetsuit as a buffer.
All footage shot by #SkylerThomas for #WhitesharkVideo except two white shark clips from Andy Dellios and the footage of Skyler in #SouthAfrica filmed by Amanda Brewer and Maarten Jozef Billen. Special appearances by Andy Dellios and Marshall Lally in this clip as well as appearances from Andy's famous pole cam. :) Stay tuned for the complete guide coming soon!
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WSV's Ultimate Cage Dive Destination Guide also includes "x-factor" pros and cons about each destination. For example, the RIDE to the Farallon Islands is, in itself, an attraction. A cruise through the San Francisco Bay passing landmarks such as Alcatraz the city skyline, Bay Bridge, and going under the Golden Gate Bridge is all conveniently included since the trips depart from the SF Bay. In addition, many species of whale and dolphin can be see on the way to and from the islands. BUT, while the trip to the islands is a pro, it is simultaneously a con. 27 miles straight out from San Francisco, this stretch of water takes over three hours to cross and is easily the roughest of all the rides to any of the cage dive destinations of the world that I've been to. You should still go, but be ready to lean over the rail and "feed the fish." All footage shot by #skylerthomas for #whitesharkvideo #sanfrancisco #cagedive #farallones #farallonislands #cagedivedestinations #wsv #whiteshark #sharktourism
In fact, the killing of sharks has likely made the situation at Reunion Island what it is.
Researchers along the South African coast have been concerned about dramatic changes they've seen in shark populations over the last 10 years and what these changes could mean for the local habitats. Much of these changes are due to overfishing and culling. Is it possible that this has contributed to the rate of shark bite incidents at Reunion Island? Kelly Slater referenced an imbalance, but what he didn't mention is that we likely caused the imbalance and that pursuing killing as a solution to this imbalance could make the issue even worse. Killing isn't the answer. Nature needs time to heal, but will we let it? I think we already know the answer to that.
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Skyler Thomas is the primary blog contributor, cinematographer, and lead editor at White Shark Video.