Saturday, January 16, 2010

Al's Discount Shark Cages

Years ago I laughed at a Gary Larson's cartoon featuring "Al's Discount Shark Cages," an instant classic.

In the 10 years since I have seen little evidence of anyone building shark cages "on the cheap," until today.

Thanks Robin for the hat tip.

Apparently the new cage rage in Laguna Beach is, wait for it, PVC Shark Cages.

Kudos to the guys for trying, and to their catch and release ethic, but PVC?

Here's the complete adventure story. Shark diving always starts somewhere. When I see fishermen like Ryan taking an interest in sharks "beyond the hook and line," I am all for it, even with the PVC.

His personal take on the sharks in the water is the reason for commercial shark diving - appreciation, which as we have all seen leads to conservation:

"The sharks are so beautiful and calm it was irresistible. Ok, now I'm sounding like a nature channel guy, but really- part of why I love fishing is the beauty of ocean and its inhabitants!"

Here's to 1000 more, Al's Discount Shark Cages.

Patric Douglas CEO


DaShark said...

I like the PVC cage thingy.

Provided it can somehow support the weight of the divers, it has no electrical signature & provides a visual barrier to the sharks who are likely to keep a safe distance - provided that the guys up top know how to handle the bait.

However regarding the floats, I can see ample scope for improvement - as in big sealed PVC tube thingies.

Shark Diver said...

Those would be the "discount parts."

Sharky said...

You think these PVC cages will be good fit for diving with the big Guadalupe Whites?

Shark Diver said...

Howdy Sharky,

I do not see why not as long as you're not having sharks slam into the cages.

Shark Diver said...

Ah, of course you know that last post was a joke;)

Sharky said...

Jokes? Well, if there is one thing I can't stand...