I have been fascinated with Shark week for the better part of 15 years. I love it. Since the invention of Tivo I watch it incessantly. Last evening 7/30 I see an episode from last year I believe, the one where they are diving with great whites off Guadalupe Island in the south Pacific. They bring in Andre the iconic shark swimmer from Sou Afrika [who looks like and even sounds like Quint from Jaws] This guy gets in the water with great whites, swims up to them and rides their dorsel fin.
Then aboard the boat they are filming from he chums the water and lures the great whites right up to the stern of the boat, and right before they bite down on the chum lure, he touches their snout, repelling them back and away from the boat.
I live in an area where off shore shark fishing is very big, and I can’t wait for the drunken sport fisherman to to come back from Montauk sans a hand, white as a ghost, shaking like a leaf. It only takes one bloke with a little memory and a lot of brandy to try this and f*ck it up.
Another thing that irked me about last night’s swimming with great whites was the still photographer a woman - who had a broken forearm, broken neck and torn disk in her back. But she was Ok to dive with whites :rolleyes: The producer for Ogsakes yelled at her to get out of the water at the end…she was whining that she wanted to stay in and "ride one of them "
Frankly this episode was beggin for a Darwin Award.
I love shark week I really do. But some of the content is laughable sometimes.