Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shark








8 comments:

Big Dawg Divers said...

Wow perhaps the most anti shark shoot I have ever seen.

Frenzy 1-2-3-4. What's the point of getting someone bitten by a Bullshark?

Doug AVI Guy said...

From the looks of this one sheet all of these so called experiments have been done before on Shark Week.

Every year I see the same things done with the same sharks at the same dive sites.

Sea Steward said...

This is not science, these are not experimints. This is a stunt and irresponsible filmmaking. If Discoverty accepts this they better be prepared for another Shark Group campaign.

Shark Diver said...

Hi David,

This production company has a two show deal in the works for the 2009 Shark Week. This is the second show with an in house host doing it.

Same team that dressed a human dummy in a wetsuit and for a Tiger to attack it in 2008, same team that threw a side of beef, a whole turkey, a ham and a license plate at a Tiger and Great White in 2007 just to see what it would eat.

This show is in the works. As I understand it it has been sold already, now they have to produce it.

Fortunately Beqa and Mike shut them out, so Fiji is off the table. If you really want to see and end to this kind of shark-sploitation get some more filmmakers to make some noise, it will happen.

The commercial shark diving operators hold the ultimate key to what gets shot in their waters.

Hopefully they will get on board well. We cannot afford more of this.

Stuart in Miami said...

I was one of those who signed the DC petition in 2007. Obviously they did not take any of the well respected industry names on that petition seriously or they would no be doing this kind of programming.

The Tiger attack in the Bahamas was poor programming.

Next steps? David?

RTSea said...

Having spent over a dozen years in the TV commercial/motion picture business, my opinions on what motivates networks comes from a very bottomline perspective.

I have sat down with programming execs and presented the same arguments. They listen politely - all the while knowing that the majority of their 29+ million viewers are not all made up of concerned shark conservationists, but more like guys sitting on the couch in Kansas with a bag of pork rinds waiting to flip the channel to NASCAR if they don't see a shark attack soon (a car crash will do).

Ratings = advertising dollars, and that's what pays their bills.

We need a two-fold campaign that 1.) literally gets people to turn away from current programming (lower ratings) and 2.) let the advertisers know there is a demand/need for better programming (which can justify the dollars they spend).

As long as Discovery is able to tout the high ratings nothing will change because their advertisers are happy. It's business - plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Wolf posted a great response to this:

http://fleander.blogspot.com/2009/01/watch-out-for-real-shark-enemies.html

Shark Diver said...

Underwater Shooter,

If you are going to post here there are some ground rules:

1. Know what you are talking about

2. Do not slander another unless you have the details

Your shoot in the Bahamas with that dummy and Tiger really pissed off the Bahamaians, damaged the credibility of all the operators that use that site, and did nothing for sharks. If you cannot see that you are the problem.

Clown suits and Luke Tipple are two things you will never see in the same frame, or on any shot list.

Go back to the hole when you came, get your facts, and you may post here once you have them.

Neptunic? Better check with the man about that.