"A Tail Slap and A Chomp"
🔵Maestro's Notes: This male Great White Shark got a bit grumpy without having some chum to chew on. I'm used to seeing them chewing on the bouys but the tail slap on the cage was simply a display of dominance.
Again I cropped this segment from the 30th Edition of Shark Week @sharkweek broadcast through the Discovery Channel @discovery featuring Shark Researcher, Brandon McMillan as he tries using a plexi-glass-front cage to observe Great White Shark behaviour in Gansbaai, South Africa.
Great white sharks made their film debut in the 1971 documentary Blue Water, White Death , which consisted primarily of the filmmaker searching the globe for great whites and not finding any until he reached Australia, where a large beast was attracted to a shark cage with some fish heads and bloody chum. Jaws was the first film ever to earn $100 million at the box office, launching the era of the summer blockbuster. Leonard Compagno, a shark expert who helped design the mechanical shark used in the film told Smithsonian magazine, “The movie great white scared the hell out of people, and made the shark much feared," and added that in reality they “rarely bother people and even more rarely attack them." A study by Neil Hammerschlag @drneilhammer of the University of Miami published in the Zoology Society of London's Journal of Zoology found that great white sharks at Seal Island don't just go after their victims randomly but rather use methods similar to those used by serial killers. “There's some strategy going on," Hammerschlag, told AP. “It's more than sharks lurking at the water waiting to eat them." [Source: Seth Borenstein. AP, June 2009]
Hammerschalg observed 340 great white shark attacks of seals at Seal Island. He observed that the sharks had a clear mode of operation. They tended to stalk their victims from a distance of 90 meters, close enough to see their prey and far enough away so their prey couldn't see them. They attacked when the light was low and sought victims that were young and alone. (Continued in comments 👇👇👇)
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