Wednesday, April 21, 2010

As rare as "Unobtanium" - Shark attack Guadalupe?

What are the chances that you will have your vessel attacked at Isla Guadalupe by a white shark?

If you are running commercial operations at this pristine and unique island the chances are close to 0% percent. In fact in the many years we have been to this site it has never happened. These animals are curious, but just not that aggressive towards small floating vessels.

If you are running research operations at this pristine and unique island the chances are, once again, close to 0%.

If you are Discovery Networks and stuntman Charles Ingram who are only at this dive site for 72 hours to film a white shark special, the chances that a white shark will attack your floating dinghy with your show host inside are closer to 100%.

Is this real television, stunt work, staged animal filming, or just plain "good luck" for the production company?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Videos and stories like these do not do much for conservation.

First of all the sharks don't attack, they either hunt, or bite.

Get the wording right and maybe just maybe, you can get some conservation done with the story.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Shark Diver said...

here's 2 cents more shark do attack, sorry to lay that on you but predators attack the terminology is one the conservation world would like to see changed as it is often used in headlines like "man attacked by shark"

the point of pointing out this video seems lost

attack, bite, nibble, softly gum?

fact is that looks to us like staged tv, using an "attack" to make a point about an animal that is greatly maligned to begin with

why am I even bothering?

John said...

Ha! That was the EXACT Reason I turned off the TV on that "Great White Appetite" Show and Did not watch ONE second more of it or any other show for Shark Week 09!

Shark Diver said...

Thanks John,

Glad to see someone out there got the point;)

Nicole said...

Staged or not, I thought it was a pretty cool video.

Nicole said...

Staged or not, I thought it was a pretty cool video.

George said...

"There was no blood in the water and nothing to provoke it..."

The underwater shot would certainly seem to indicate otherwise, unless all those scad mackerel were gathered en masse for story-telling time.