What about the sharks enchants us so? And why would anyone ever purposely enter the water with them? Mental Floss spoke with wildlife director Andy Brandy Casagrand IV, who received the “Emmy” operator with more than 40 Shark Credits to his name, about the reality of working with these magnificent predators.
1. THIS IS A COMPETITIVE AREA.
Casagrand got its start as an operator for a research group in South Africa, but he says that there is really really no single way to becoming a shark cinematographer. “I get about a hundred emails a month from people who want to do what I’m doing,” says Casagrande. “Something about sharks simply fascinates the world … you get to travel to these truly untouched, remote places around the world. You dive into amazing conditions with amazing predators. ” Casagrand says that the best way to start is to literally dive in, registering the clock underwater and taking off a lot of video recording.
2. THAT CAGE IS NOT ONLY FOR A SHOW.
A shark-protected cage, so often seen in television specials, serves a real purpose. Casagraind is known for diving without one, but there are times when even he prefers security, the cage can provide. “The cage protects you from sharks that might be a bit more bitey than usual,” says Casagrande. “It can protect you from sharks that might sneak up on you, or if visibility is bad, or in the dark.”
3. SHARE HAS ITS OWN FACES.
Sharks have faces just like people, according to Casagrande. “If you’re at a party or bar and you see some guy who has bloody joints or a black eye and he looks angry, it’s not the kind of guy you’re approaching and putting your GoPro in his face,” he says. ” Often, if the shark is all destroyed and looks like a brawler, that shark is not afraid to participate in the conflict. ” But many sharks are predators from an ambush, and so you can not see the brawler coming – which is when that cage comes in handy.
4. THERE IS ONE THING THAT THEY WERE NEVER REMOVED AS THE STATE.
For all their great part, great white – elusive creatures. “The Holy Grail for most sharks directors would have to capture the pairing of white sharks,” says Casagrande. “No one’s ever witnessed this.” There is no video evidence or satellite data or anything to show when, where, and as a white shark assistant. ” The footage of the two great white ones putting it on would be a huge triumph not only for filmmakers but also for scientists who know that we need to understand the lives of animals to help protect them.
5. THE HARMEST PART OF THE HUNTING GETS THERE.
Disagreements of the average person killed by a shark, 1 in 3.8 million. Even among sharks’ filmmakers, shark-related trauma and death are extremely rare. Car accidents, on the other hand, are quite common. “I’m leaving tomorrow to go to the Bahamas to go tiger sharks of the film just for fun,” Casagrand told us. “If you asked your average person if you wanted to go dump a bunch of blood and bait in the water and then jump in with a dozen tiger sharks they would look like, ‘Are you effing crazy?’ But the reality is that driving or flying to a location is a more dangerous path. I’m way more likely to be killed on my way to sinking a shark than I’m in the water with sharks. ”
6. THE PART OF THE MOST USEFUL EQUIPMENT OF THE CAMERA IS SELF-DIMENSIONAL.
The standard technology is large – Casagrande uses GoPros, as well as the RED epic 5K digital camera system – but most of it has its limits. So, like many wildlife directors, Casagrande started creating his own. His inventions include a “bite bite” that consists of a GoPros in a waterproof enclosure surrounded by foam and a financial runner made with brisk foam that fixes painlessly onto the dorsal fin of the shark to provide real shark opinion. The drilling rig is equipped with fasteners that break down in seawater, which eventually releases the camera from the shark fin and allows it to swing to the surface.
7. TA “PUNCH SHARP PUNCHING” RECEPTION IS A COMPLETE MYTH.
Someone, somewhere, once decided that the best way to ward off the approaching shark is to perforate it in the nose. And one way or another, that advice won popularity. This is absolute nonsense, according to Casagrande. “The reality is that sharks are quite durable,” he says. “Plus, water increases the images. The shark’s nose might look like it’s 6 inches in front of your surface, but in reality its snout is even further away, and when you perforate and miss its nose, your perforation path will go slightly descending right into the shark’s mouth. Do not put your hand in the mouth of a shark. You usually just do not want them to be in the sharp range of your body. They are unpredictable, and you never really know when you had a bad day. ”
8. SHARKS NOT EATABLE MAN OF THE MONSTER.
Your average shark just wants to eat your food of isolation and be left alone. “Sharks get such a bad reputation, and it’s so unjustified, it’s just weird,” says Casagrande. “They’re really very polite and professional predators. They are not always harmful. The jaws painted them as evil monsters who were looking for human flesh, but the reality is that sharks want to have very little or nothing to do with us. ”
The sharks test their food with their mouths and, unfortunately for us, we are about forms of isolation. To find out if swimming is an animal-shaped insulation is in fact an insulation, the shark will take a bite. “If they really bite someone, it’s usually an accident,” says Casagrande. “I went to parties in dark rooms with tables where I know there is food, it’s like a piece of pizza, but maybe there’s a pretzel with salt rubbed on top of it or some chips.” You really do not know what the hell it’s but you know that it is on the table that has food.This is the most likely meal and you are so hungry you are going to try to eat it.Sometimes, I think the sharks are in the same predicament.They know that you are – something potentially edible, but it’s not as if they are actively looking for us. ”
Do you want to avoid the case of erroneous recognition? Avoid the food table. “Sharks are not going to bounce into your living room and there’s you,” says Casagrande. “The only way you are bitten by a shark is by entering their domain.”
9. THEY ARE ALSO NO OBJECTS FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT.
“Every time I dive with sharks, it looks like the first time. And yes, I want to hug sharks and kiss them and tell the world how incredible they are, but they are not toys, “says Casagrande. “People should respect them for the wild animals that they are. Do not grab their tails or ride on their dorsal fins. ” Any interaction with a wild animal, especially a tense interaction, destroys its life and can affect its ability to eat, migrate, or mate. If you truly love sharks, you will give them what they want: to be left in peace.