I received my first hate mail from someone chastising me for chumming and using bait at the Farallon Islands. Well, I personally don’t chum at all, and no one chums at the Farallon Islands due to regulations that exist in this marine sanctuary. Any footage of mine which shows chumming or bait was taken while on board any number of ecotourism boats in South Africa. However, this did remind me to blog about what seems to be the new hot topic for city dwelling ‘shark experts’; the evil of chumming and cage diving.
Ever since Anderson Cooper went free diving with Great Whites people have been sending me the link and asking what I think about it. Looks like he did it in ‘Shark Alley’, the same place I did it 2004. I snorkeled and dove on SCUBA, but no sharks came to visit me. Looks like he was fortunate enough to actually have a shark or two around and I have to give him credit for doing such a brave thing.
Oh, the glory days of drenching the bay with the blood of majestic animals.
Site of the Richmond whaling station closed in the early 70s
Chopping the bait down to a smaller size. The bait used on this boat is skip jack tuna.
Sometimes the shark will launch itself from the deep in such a stealthy manner that the bait handler does not pull away on time. A small snack for the shark, but hardly a reason to stop eating its normal diet of large, fat rich seals.
First of all, no one, not even Andre Hartman or the guys from ‘Jackass’ are gonna get in the water during a feeding frenzy
The photographer managed to snap this photo just before the turtle ripped him to pieces. Witnesses say the turtle was actually 'smiling' as it tore through the poor diver's flesh.