White Shark Video is thrilled to announce that Dan Abbott of Blackgill Media and Ollie Putnam of Sharkservation are lending their filming expertise and shark knowledge to the production effort of 'Monsters'. The help is more than welcome and I couldn't be happier to have like-minded individuals on board.
This help is born of passion and not only are they volunteering their time, they are fitting the bill for their trip to South Africa All donations from this point on (until we depart on the trip) will go to repay these individuals for their willingness putting love of a cause over money.
It's time to cull the cowards.
Simple minds. Is it basic stupidity or is it a general lack of morality they have in common more? They certainly share a vast array of pathetic traits.
The bloodthirsty who seek the of killing random animals thinking to teach others of that animal’s kind a lesson in revenge. They who react with panic and fear rather than reason and calculation. The same who feel a sense of entitlement to do as they wish at any time without any consequence. The same who reap the joys of nature while paying her no respect. These are the same who steal, who act as journalists while committing copyright infringement, who mislead their readers with false information, who let frightened little boys call for “an icing of a few” sharks because a fish was brazen enough to leap from the water.
The site of one shark in its realm while surrounded by 20 visitors is an act of war according to these minds. Apparently nature must remain out of site at all times. How dare a shark show itself?! After all, the 20 humans belonged there, not the shark, right? Someone forgot to get a memo to the shark that it was required to move on within a designated amount of time. Apparently that amount of time is designated by the genius writers at BeachGrit since they reminded us repeatedly like scared little girls that the shark stayed in the area “for hours”. What a monster!
Hiding from humans is easier said than done when we expand without pause, invading every last bit of land and water that remains for anything that isn’t us to hide in. As the sighting of one shark is seeing one too many.
The simple minded claim that shark numbers pose a threat even as shark numbers plummet lower than they’ve been in history. But sure, killing a few more is what we need.
The simple minded resort to violence immediately to solve problems.
The simple minded succumb to fear rather than showing courage.
The simple minded seek revenge where there is no revenge to be had.
The simple minded who think they can “show who’s boss” to animals that are migrating…who try to remove animals that don’t even live in the area they are “being removed from”.
So I finally see the similarities. Pro cullers are simple minded cowards. It’s a shame that they are allowed to enjoy the ocean at all, much less have their cowardly voices heard. Perhaps a few of them need to be iced to silence the stupidity they spread.
For those of you who still have some respect for the ocean, enjoy this video I shot of a white shark jumping for the pure purpose of the fact that it can. Or as Derek might say, it was obviously trying to get in the boat to eat all of us.
On Sunday, May 21st, White Shark Video will release an extended episode of Shark Minutes, examining some of the heated debates regarding the white shark cage dive industry.
Shark Minutes host Skyler Thomas combines his footage, personal experience, and feedback from those he's interviewed over the years for a comprehensive look at the topic. Tune back in!
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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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Ocean debris from humans posed a serious threat to this white shark, but in a refreshing twist, humans were also the source of salvation.
This shark wrapped in rope was fortunate enough to encounter a team of good people who bravely cut him free. The opening footage of the tangled shark was shot by @silenthunterpty , two weeks later @whitesharkvideo arrived and was fortunate to witness and film the same shark healing nicely. Who would like to hear the entire story from the rescuers? Thanks everyone involved @andy_dellios @oneoceandiving @oceanicramsey @juansharks #savingsharks#oceandebris #fishingrope #whiteshark #whitesharkvideo #guadalupe #skylerthomas #wsv
Sharks have now learned that you're an easy meal,
but they were waiting til' you read about it on Facebook to act on it!
Why do white sharks roll their eye in the back of their heads when most other sharks have a nictitating membrane? Learn this and more in this week's Shark Minutes video.
So the white shark’s eye is blue…yeah, we all know that by now. But what else is there to learn about the white shark’s eye? Why is the white shark’s eye so different than many other sharks and what does that tell us about its life? Enjoy another 120 seconds of shark knowledge with Skyler Thomas of White Shark Video and cohost Dan Abbott of Understanding Sharks.
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Supporting footage by Andy Dellios. Photographs by Maarten Jozef Billen.
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