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Shark Awareness Dive at Blue Planet

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Published on May 16, 2011

A video of my dive with the sharks in the tank at Blue Planet.

The sharks included Sand Tiger sharks. Lemon sharks, Nurse sharks, and Guitarfish, all of which were over 7ft long (2.2m). They got pretty close, often within arms length, but at no point was I worried that I might be about to lose a limb. :) I seemed more in danger from one of the little fish who seemed intent on following me round and pecking away at my knees.

My thanks to the staff at Blue Planet for the days experience and looking after us.

Part of the days experience included education on shark ecology and preservation.

Some frankly shocking facts about about how we humans treat sharks: Roughly 100,000,000 (100 million) sharks a year are killed by human activities. 235,000 a day are killed just for their fins, which are brutally cut off and the shark is thrown back in the water alive and left to drown. Sharks have been around for 400million years and are superbly adapted to their position at the top of the oceanic food chain. However, since the 1950s many have been brought to the brink of extinction with some species numbers reduced by 99% in that time. When treated with the respect they deserve they pose little threat to humans. You're more likely to die from being stung by bees than you are in a shark attack.

For more info see the Bite-Back website : http://www.bite-back.com/

Video shot on a Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm lens.

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