Why is there a constant reminder of incidents that happened in the past to operators and not more of a focus on what can be done in the future.I find your posts and ideas (shark free marina, contract, etc.) that are thinking about how to fix the porn and help sharks - much more interesting and productive than reminding people of what they already know.What is the status on the contract that is being drafted for operators to abide by in selecting production crews?Need positive vibes my man...
Felix, as you well know by now we call it as it is, and as it is happening. Right now this is happening...again. Solutions?Stop putting sharks in cages and take full ownership of it when it does. Explain to the media how this happened and what steps are being taken to ensure it never happens again, leadership. NOT allowing the anti-shark diving folks any use of a shocking piece of video.Do you realize this video is being used as a case point to shut down the operators in Hawaii? I am sure the operations in Hawaii are thrilled about that.As we stated at the beginning of the year - what happens in one place resonates in another.And what of Shark Week and the additional 30 million who will see this video?For a few months Felix, I was in talks with folks in Florida about a complete reversal of the ban on shark diving in the region. Think about that, leveraging a downturn economy to change a tourism killer and open commercial shark diving back up. They were listening and we had next phase meetings set up.Then an industry member did something stupid in the Bahamas on a well known morning show that also showed this infamous video.The next day? All talks were off and I do not see Florida EVER having shark diving in it's waters again.Clap. Clap. Clap. Well done folks, another proud moment for the shark diving industry and the potential resurrection of a $50 million dollar statewide industry.The power of images, video and the anti-shark diving lobby. This is not an "event from the past" Felix. This happens to be a current and toxic industry event happening right now and with lasting consequences.Do we ignore it and move on?When this video stops showing up for the consumption of 30 million viewers I will be happy to stop blogging about it.
Okay, I am not getting too political on Shark Week 09, cause I am sure I will watch the Great White Shark shows, but I noticed how Discovery Channel noted about Great Whites "besides the fact that they’ve killed thousands of people" in its description of "Great White Appetite", when the actual numbers are something like to date the GWS has been responsible for 65 deaths, worldwide since 1876! With 242 recorded non fatal attacks worldwide!!! Another Example of Shark Porn! Keep up the Gr8 work Patric!
Sorry if this is off topic, but did anyone catch this release this week? Thought it might be of interest to all prehistoric fans.ACTRESS LANA WOOD ATTACKEDBY 70 FOOT SHARK Hollywood actress Lana Wood, who once played Plenty O’Toole opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever, was attacked by what eyewitnesses say was a Megalodon, a 70-foot, 70,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark. The attack occurred in the waters off the coast of Monterey, California. . .in the pages of New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten’s new release MEG: Hell’s Aquarium. Lana Wood, a former Playboy centerfold, has an extensive career in the movies, and wrote a best-selling memoir about her late sister, actress Natalie Wood, back in 1986. She contacted Steve Alten a year ago and asked him to make her a character in his new MEG book, the fourth and best story in the series. In his review of Hell’s Aquarium, Steve Donoghue, Managing Editor of Open Letters Monthly states, “Alten writes the whole thing in hyperkinetic present tense, with turns and twists in every scene until it squeaks…there’s a scene late in the book involving a shark autopsy that any thriller-writer would give a tonsil to have thought up! The whole thing fizzes with the kind of fun delirium only the most effective giant killer shark novels dare to attempt.”http://www.wix.com/Meg_HellsAquarium/meg
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