Watch the video - nothing has changed! Source.
And I cite.
Discovery's angle seems to hinge on the fear people have of the unknown, and especially the unknown in the water where they swim. Shark Week has been so good at tweaking and magnifying this fear, that generations of viewers who grew up watching the show are afraid to go in the water...
The problem is not only that there is a fatal prejudice against sharks, but that it is not even recognized.
In the case of other animals, such as snakes, everyone knows that there is a deep bias against them, but in the case of sharks, the stark contrast between sharks as they are portrayed, and sharks as they really are is unseen.
The public actually believes that sharks behave the way they are shown on Shark Week.
Indeed, and bravo Ila!
Watch what these people do to New Zealand's GWS.
Think that those Sharks are behaving naturally around boats, or have they been amped up intentionally in order to create all that idiotic drama - and how does this disrespectful rubbish adequately illustrate those past 10 years of stellar research by NIWA and DOC?
Yes it's same old same old, pure Shark Porn.
Have you read this comments thread?
Pitchforks and Flaming Brands is obviously an insider, and she knows what she is talking about. Shark Week is not some amorphous entity, it is people - and together with Sorensen's small team who defines the overall direction (= ever more exploitative garbage), those folks she calls out are definitely some of the worst serial perpetrators.
And like an old broken record, let me repeat.
Here are my own questions to fellow Shark diving operators and conservationists.
- Are we gonna continue pretending this aint happening?
- Are we gonna continue watching that shit?
- Are we the operators gonna continue enabling it?
- Are we gonna continue giving our business to operators that do?
- Are we gonna continue associating with those people?
Is anybody, ever, gonna learn the obvious lessons?
The good news?
From a conservation point of view -and here I differ with Ila- it thankfully matters not!