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Shark-Human Interaction and Body Language of Sharks
8 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
Episode 216: Thrill seems more important than knowledge
Most TV shows on sharks keep portraying the rather well-known whites, tigers, makos, and a few more of the larger shark species. This biased viewpoint gives the impression that only a handful of shark species, led by these large ones, and not over 500 species. Discovery’s SharkWeek is a prime example of such a biased presentation. Why not go back to the roots and present knowledge instead of same o’, same o’?
12 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Episode 215: 340 vessels too much
Outside the EEZ of Galapagos, a massive fleet of 340 Chinese longliners currently fishes in international waters. According to the law, nothing can be done against it, meaning that the law must be changed to prevent such fishing concentrations. The Galapagos will be depleted by life just because many of the animals migrate and eventually leave the Galapagos’ EEZ sanctuary.
9 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Episode 214: Shark Week, really, again?
Another week of shark invested waters, aggressive sharks, human bait, and anything else that comes to mind when describing sharks the wrong way. Why not finally create the opposite, a shark plight week. Use the same famous people that appear in this year’s shows and let them carry the torch for a better world for these animals.
8 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Episode 213: I have no clue, so it must be a mistake for sure
Whenever white sharks are involved in an incident, the first reason it happened was that a mistake was most likely. The only mistake most likely is that the consulted expert does not know what he is talking about. We have to get beyond this lame assumption when it comes to white sharks and learn to accept that one cannot just be in the field with sharks, and automatically assume that one is an expert too when it comes to bites. Two different pairs of shoes!
9 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Episode 212: And then the dolphins heroically moved in
The only danger for a swimmer out there is the shark, and the only protector for the swimmer is the dolphin. Why has no dolphin ever helped who was drowning, drifting off, or being shipwrecked? The answer is simple: dolphins are not humans’ protectors out there and do not rush to the rescue.
8 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Episode 211: Without approach patterns, you are nothing
Sharks are hard to read, but their approach patterns give them away. Once you understand the connection between an approach pattern, the shark’s motivation, its intensity, and the influence of the surrounding, a shark turns more into an open book than remaining an enigma.
9 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
Episode 210: Rogue sharks belong into storybooks
Once several shark bites occur within weeks or months in a particular area, the louder the voices get that there must be a rogue shark. Rogue sharks are a fantasy and do not exist. Still, as long as the public is not convinced, these sharks roam the oceans, and nobody seems safe. Chief Brody and Matt Hooper came to the rescue in JAWS; who else could we call?
11 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Episode 209: Ignore your emotions when facing a shark
The less we give in in our feelings in a situation that scares us, the more we can focus on controlling the situation. The same is true when dealing with sharks.
9 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
Episode 208: Why care?
Drone footage floods the internet and news media with sharks being in the vicinity of people, and nothing happens. However, the headlines try to create stories about what could happen. So why not use this footage and educate what not to do in the vicinity of sharks? Because debunking a seemingly monster is not a good salesmanship.
10 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
Episode 207: If you are in doubt, do nothing
The seemingly best response for an approaching shark ist to withdraw, hence turning out to be the worst. Sharks give off so many signs about their intentions, the moods there are in, they are like an open book, but one has to learn to read it.
11 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
Episode 206: ‘Shocking two-minute shark attack’–yeah right
As long as the news feels it worthy of twisting facts to make sharks look bad, their survival will get more and more uncertain.
11 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
Episode 205: Let’s face it, they are not simple creatures
Shark bites are always downgraded to the seemingly most apparent reason why it happened, ignored the mind of a shark. It is essential to try to understand each incident from the viewpoint of the shark in question and compare it to the complexity of the wound caused the animal.
9 minutes | May 31, 2020
Episode 204: Stupidity aims at sharks again
Could it be possible that the media dropped so low that there was a need to interview a lifeguard about the increased stress that will come from upholding social-distancing while looking for sharks? Yes, the media can drop that low.
10 minutes | May 24, 2020
Episode 203: What would have happened if white sharks never existed
Sometimes it is worth imagining situations without the leading player and see what would have happened for all the involved parties. When it comes to white sharks, we would still be in the very same situation we are now, with or without them.
9 minutes | May 17, 2020
Episode 202: Could “see, aim and damage” genuinely happening?
Once in a while, people tell that the shark came out of nowhere, rushed in, and bit. Such explanations only show that those scenarios may appear that way but do not exist.
9 minutes | May 10, 2020
Episode 201: Getting an idea at first sight
Whenever facing a shark, it is crucial to get a first impression of the shark and its eagerness to investigate. Determining angle, speed, and level of the approaching shark, together with the surrounding and its potential limitations when it comes to escape routes, offers a well-rounded idea.
8 minutes | May 3, 2020
Episode 200: You must go against your nature, when you face it
There is only one rule when it comes to facing a shark. The only problem with that rule is however, that it goes against human nature not to follow the urge to do what feels best but follow a rule that goes against it.
8 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Episode 199: What we see is not always true when it comes to nature
The interpretation of a situation between a shark and a human being is strongly affected by a person’s biased emotions. Although nature shows us more often than not that our way of thinking is erroneous, we keep giving our opinion more weight than nature’s contradiction.
7 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
Episode 198: Is COVID-19 a shark repellent?
When disasters strike, the media solely focuses on those events, leaving otherwise newsworthy events untouched, and that includes shark bites. All of a sudden, shark bites do not seem to happen anymore. Finally, sharks get a break. At least something positive can be linked to the pandemic.
9 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Episode 197: The USS Indianapolis did not proof it
Sailors seemingly died due to sharks after the sinking of the warship USS Indianapolis. But there are many arguments against that killing by a shark was then the main reason that about 600 sailors died during their four-day ordeal on the water.
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