Continuing the theme of yesterday's post...the poor visibility certainly helped conceal that shark right up until it was on the diver, but these animals are well camouflaged even in the clear, blue waters of Guadalupe. True, if you are expecting a shark and looking for a shark you can make one out, but even then it is difficult and likely that the shark is only seen once it has decided to let itself be seen. So, what if you weren't on alert for the shark? If it were hunting you do you think you'd know until its too late? Consider the last 10 seconds of this post; if you were diving and had your eyes on the white shark closest to you, would you have even known the second one was there?
This is new footage from Andy Dellios's 2017 trip to Guadalupe. #camouflage#countershading#perfecthunter#whiteshark#stealth#shark#whiteshark#wsv#whitesharkvideo#skylerthomas#andydellios#guadalupe
Music by David S.
Part of the memorabilia on display at the Natal Sharks Board Museum is a clipping celebrating the slaughter of "raggy tooth sharks". The sand tiger shark (also known as ragged tooth / grey nurse shark) is one of the species most drastically affected by shark nets. This animal poses no threat to humans, but like many other non-target animals, is indiscriminately killed in the nets. Often found dwelling in or near caves, these slow-moving sharks made easy targets for would-be "heroes", showing off their "deadly" trophies when they returned to shore. Illegal fishing and shark cull gear compete for first place in the threat to the existence of these endangered animals both in Australian and South African waters.
Adding insult to injury, the Sharks Board declare themselves a conservation company even as they push many species toward extinction.
Primary underwater footage shot by @ollie_putnam Interview footage by @danabbottsharks
And a couple of shark clips in there also by Dan and Skyler :)
This is the opening segment from my film ‘Great White Lies’ in which the audio of a Western Australian citizen calling into a radio talk show is dubbed over some of my shark footage. Here are “lessons” from the mentality of cullers, take from the dialogue between this caller and former WA PM Colin Barnett.
‘Human life is superior to animal life (“it’s common sense”). The Bible tells us to subdue the earth and use animals…sensibly, of course. Sharks seen near shore is a frightening event. Sharks that don’t move away from the beach in the time frame we desire should be destroyed.’
Human life is animal life. We created the classification system that includes us as part of the animal kingdom so there’s no one to be angry at except ourselves if you are offended to be considered an animal.
As far as superiority goes, it seems to be human nature to believe ourselves to be superior regardless of the amount of information we possess regarding the other creatures we’re comparing ourselves to.
Isn’t it curious how those who wish to kill things interpret God’s will for us as that we are meant to destroy his creations? Other interpretations of the Bible say that we are to be stewards of the earth and that God knows when every sparrow falls…hmmm, every sparrow he put he for us to kill, that is.
Sharks can’t swim near shore without being scary…at least not shores where humans can see them. Which means that if a shark is swimming near a shore where there are no humans that shark is partaking in normal behavior. But if a human sees that same shark, the shark is now “doing something unacceptable”. #sharks#sharkconservation#wsv#coexistence#factsnotfear#realfacts#falseconservation#respect#whatisrespect#sharkcull#nosharkcull#monsters#whitesharkvideo#natalsharksboard#skylerthomas#monstersfilm#protecttheocean