What it’s like working on a shark cage diving boat Part 4

Alex Wright has been sharing his experiences while working on a shark cage diving boat. In part one he traveled to South Africa, then to South Australia and finally to Guadalupe. Today he shares his thoughts on the experience. “Every industry has its ups and downs, its pros and cons. Cage diving with Great Whites is no different, and certainly has its critics. Cage diving has been the only way for me to live my dream, and it is without a doubt the best way to see Great Whites in…

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What it’s like working on a shark cage diving boat Part 3

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Alex Wright has been sharing his experiences while working on a shark cage diving boat. In part two he told us about cage diving operations off South Australia. Today, he’s taking us to Guadalupe Island “After leaving South Australia in March of 2017, I had gotten home, and somehow lined up a job working as a PADI Divemaster for another cage diving operation based in San Diego, California. The was going to be a new experience for me, as I would be working and living on the board the boats…

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What it’s like working on a shark cage diving boat Part 2

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Alex Wright has been sharing his experiences while working on a shark cage diving boat. In Part One, he told us about cage operations off Seal Island in South Africa. Today, he’s headed to South Australia. “In November of 2016 I traveled to South Australia on five flights, taking some 30 odd hours to get to Port Lincoln. This operation was my first official job working on a boat, so I was a little anxious. “The cages were much larger than the ones I had been used to in South…

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What it’s like working on a shark cage diving boat p1

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work where tourists go cage diving with white sharks? Here’s an inside view from above the waterline. Working in a place where others spend their holidays is nothing special. Tourist guides, waiters or scuba diving instructors share the same fate: they must toil where other people spend their best weeks of the year. But working on a cage-diving boat for white sharks, like Alex Wright did on three different continents, is something out of the ordinary! Take a look behind the scenes…

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Caught by the spell of a myth

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“The Great White Shark jangles our nerves With a reputation he hardly deserves Neither malice nor spite Will cause him to bite It’s not his fault we look like hors d’oeuvres.” R. Aiden Martin 57 years ago, the publisher of the US magazine LIFE warned its readers in the cover story Look out for sharks from the danger of shark attacks. Not that the total number would be terrible (because it is very low), but of the cruel attack itself. “During 1959 sharks made 11 authenticated attacks on human beings…

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Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks part 2

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Today we pick up our investigation into what may be contributing factors in the shark bites at La Réunion.  Part 1 of the Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks can be found here. Calls for the slaughter of sharks are usually the first gut reaction from the population who experienced a shark panic. Such killings appear to the same extent by the desire for revenge and the idea that the killing of sharks will restore personal security. But scientists such as George Burgess from the International Shark attack…

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Investigation: Man vs shark La Réunion shark attacks

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It has happened again: On April 29th, the 30-year-old bodyboarder Adrien Dubosc was killed in a shark attack off the Island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The bite occurred at 11:45 a.m. on a crowded beach on the west of the island at Pointe au Sal in Saint-Leu. Apparently, some family members watched the drama unfold. Dubosc went with two friends to the beach. Surfing and bodyboarding are banned in the area because of numerous shark attacks. As well as being an experienced bodyboarder, Adrien Dubosc was part of…

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