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Great White Shark Adventure | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Great White Shark Adventure | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, Jonathan travels to Mexico to dive
with Great White Sharks! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! One of the greatest places in the world to
see Great White sharks is Guadalupe Island in Mexico. I haven’t been there in ten years and so
now I’m heading back! Guadalupe is a tiny island 150 miles off the
coast of the Baja peninsula in Mexico. It’s not easy to reach. My trip begins with a van ride from San Diego
California down to Ensenada, Mexico, passing some ruggedly beautiful coastline. I board the Sea Escape live-aboard dive boat. This big boat will be our team’s home-away-from-home
for 5 days as we travel to Guadalupe and dive with the sharks. On the back of the boat, there are two huge
shark cages just begging to be used. With all the pressure on sharks around the
world, and overfishing of the oceans, will Guadalupe still be as good as it was back
ten years ago? Once the crew and all the passengers have
arrived, we leave the dock and start our 18 hour run to the island. Within three hours of leaving the dock, we
come across a whale entangled in fishing gear. The crew mounts a daring rescue, which saves
the whale and only costs us a couple hours on our crossing. We are joined by a pod of Pacific White-sided
dolphins on the bow as we continue our way west. The next morning we awake while approaching
Guadalupe. The island is spectacular. There is little in the way of vegetation growing
on this harsh volcanic rock. About 200 fishermen live on the island in
camps here and there, but most of the inhabitants are birds, and pinnipeds—seals and seal
lions. Because the fish life here is so abundant,
the seals and sea lions have plenty of food. There are thousands of them, frolicking in
the surf. All those big seals and sea lions attract
Great White sharks! In fact, between the clear water and the massive
numbers of sharks, Guadalupe Island is now considered the number one place in the world
to see Great White sharks. Our crew anchors the boat and begins the process
of getting the cages in the water. We barely have cages in the water before the
first shark shows up, wondering what delicious snacks we may have brought. Ten years of interacting with the sharks has
taught them that divers mean no harm, and usually come bearing gifts. Big, yummy fishy gifts. The bait wranglers have a tough job. This may seem strange, but they are not trying
to feed the sharks. In fact they are trying to keep the sharks
interested enough to stick around without feeding them. If you actually feed the sharks, they fill
up on bait and then leave. So the trick is to keep pulling the bait away
at the last minute. It gives the sharks a challenge that they
keep pursuing. Every once in a while though, a sharks gets
one by doing a stealthy approach. So they manage to grab enough baits to feel
encouraged. And the divers love it almost as much as the
sharks! Once the shark action is on, the crew starts
putting divers in the cages. I suit up and get ready for action! And of course, when you dive with sharks,
you always wear gloves so your hands don’t look like bait! You have to cover all that skin! Haha! I head down to the swim step with excitement. The sharks are out there. Nothing is quite as exciting as the first
step into the cage. But first I need a weight belt. 50 pounds worth. That keeps me planted on floor of the cage
for stability. I’m going to sink like a brick! I also get a regulator hose attached to my
back. The divers breathe from a huge tank of air
on the boat. It’s easier and more compact than scuba
tanks, and we have an unlimited dive time. Divemaster Benjamin Olivari hands me my big
Gates camera, and down I go. I get my camera turned on and focused as soon
as possible so I’m ready for sharks. Soon Cameraman Tim joins me in the cage. Now we wait. The cage is thrown around in the waves. It’s not an easy place to shoot steady video. But the sharks are around, and they have a
habit of appearing seemingly out of nowhere. It’s surprising how easy it is to miss the
approach of such a large shark. The solution is to keep an eye on the floating
baits. That’s what they’re after. Take your eye off the bait for one second,
and you might miss it! Not all the divers can be in the cages at
the same time, so we take turns. The people on the boat are getting a great
show. But the view from underwater is hard to beat. My big Gates camera is a handful inside the
cage, but the action is amazing! It’s a wild ride, but everywhere I look,
the sharks are awesome! Sometimes a shark gets very persistent about
getting a bait. This big male is in a battle of strategy against
the bait wrangler. And all the action is playing out right in
front of me. In the end, the shark wins. And I have it all in the camera! Every once in a while, a shark takes a little
interest in the cage. But for the most part, they only care about
the bait. They have no interest in us. Now you might be wondering why I don’t go
out of the cage and swim with the sharks. The main reason is because the Mexican government
does not allow it. The fact of the matter is that White sharks
are incredibly large animals. Even though they probably have no interest
whatsoever in biting a diver, it is always a possibility. And even a small bite from an animal this
big could spell death. The Mexican government doesn’t want anyone
getting bitten or killed by sharks at Guadalupe. It’s bad for tourism and it’s bad for
sharks. So we have to stay in the cages. Unfortunately, the wind has kicked up some
big ocean swell, and it’s throwing Cameraman Tim and I around in the cage like rag dolls. It’s all we can do to hold on, which is
making the shooting really tough. It’s time to call it a day. As the sun sets, we plan for tomorrow’s
diving. The next day, the conditions have calmed down
a bit… I’m going to go in the deep cage! It’s going to be awesome! So the crew decides to deploy the deep cage. While the best shark action is up at the surface
where the bait is, you can get a unique view of the action from down below. Okay, thank you. And since we can’t scuba dive down there
without a cage, one of the cages is on a steel cable that can be lowered. Ben, can you hand me my camera? It’s up on the table. The Gates. See you on the flip side! As they slowly lower the cage down, we all
clear our ears. If anyone can’t clear their ears, there
is a rope we can pull to tell them to stop. Soon I’m in the deep cage, 30 feet below
the action and looking up at the other cage. There definitely isn’t much shark action
down here. Occasionally one of the sharks gets curious
and makes a wide pass, but they know we don’t have any snacks for them. We mostly just look up at the sharks above. Over three days of diving with the White sharks
at Guadalupe, I see more than 20 different sharks. Some of them stay with us for hours on end,
engaged in the game of trying to steal our baits. Most of the time the bait wranglers are one
step ahead of the sharks. But not always! Looking down the island, I can see as many
as 6 other boats here, full of divers that have come to experience the world’s greatest
predator in its natural environment. Guadalupe Island is an enigma in the ocean
world—one of the few places where the marine environment seems to be improving. With careful administration by the Mexican
government, the amount of marine life—including sharks—seems to be getting larger. In an ocean where things seem to be constantly
on the decline, this is a breathtaking piece of good news. So I set out to discover if Guadalupe was
as good as it was ten years ago and the answer is no. It’s better.

100 comments on “Great White Shark Adventure | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Hey Johnathan There is a place where great white sharks and cape fur seals are plentiful
    Seal Island at South Africa
    You can see great white sharks jumping out of the water to catch the seats

  2. Hello Mr and Mrs. Sharky. i'll those 20 shark that you met in Guadalupe island water were big family of shark. Great vid Mr. Jonathan Bird and Blue World team. Two thumbs up

  3. If anyone is watching this and see what I said
    My cousin is in JAWS he was the little kid that almost got attacked by the great white shark 🤓🤗😸😸

  4. I know it’s been 5 months since you posted this video, but I hope you are still reading your comment section, as I have a couple of questions for you. But, first let me say that your videos continue to be absolutely incredible!! I just don’t understand why you’re not on prime time TV?!
    Okay, on to my questions… Why are the openings in the shark cages so big? I’m assuming that is got the cameras, but I’ve seen several videos of sharks inadvertently ramming into the larger openings. I would think it would make more sense to make your cameras smaller, along with those openings. 😊 I would also like to know that when you were in the “deep cage”, did it ever make you nervous wondering if one of the sharks would bite through your oxygen tube?? What kind of backup plan did you have? Oh, yes, and did you ever wonder what you would do if your cage’s cables became detached and you started sinking in shark infested waters?? 😲

  5. Still quite annoyed and it breaks my heart seeing such AWESOME creatures wrongfully killed. We are only hurting ourselves, depleting the oceans of their integral duty. BUT, I know that this is all changing and people are waking up to how truly magnificent and utterly misrepresented sharks are in main stream media. 🙂 I will keep my focus and experience on the great things that are coming about.
    I'm not sure where Ocean Ramsey's Great White, Bella, is but her video swimming with the Great White is mind blowing. Thank God for all these informative videos showing the great human interactions with sharks.

  6. I miss shows like this on regular tv. I grew up on the original Wild Kingdom ocean episodes and Jacques Cousteau and always dreamed of what it would be like to learn to dive. This show is every bit as good as those legendary shows i dare say better. Why am i just now discovering this amazing show? Its just the best!

  7. In a video I saw a great white jumped into the cage after a person got in and the shark got hurt and was bleeding : (

  8. You said you hadn't been there in ten years, yet the video that you said you filmed ten years ago was posted five years ago… I'm very confused…

  9. 8:14 The look on the shark in the back's face says it all. "I WANT THAT BAIT!" "NO I WANT THAT BAIT!"🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  10. The background music when the sharks swimming so elegantly make the feels more………majestic.

    And the bait wrangler deserve some credit here.

  11. So, I just did a bit of research on the Great White:

    There’s an estimated 8000 sharks out there, and are considered Vulnerable.

    What’s the sweet spot that wildlife preservationists are aiming for to get Great Whites off the Endangered/Vulnerable list? If I remember correctly, there were only 3500 Great Whites a number of years ago.

  12. Megalodon can eat that Cage. If you come across a megalodon, your gonna need a bigger boat and a bigger cage. But no one knows if they alive or not. I believe they are not alive.

  13. My greatest fear is someone strapping me into a shark tank to get me over my fear of Great Whites. X( I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be terrified of!

  14. Excellent video. Jonathan and his crew are amazing! I do wonder how smart it is to continuously pull the bait away from the sharks, seems like it may cause them to become more aggressive over time? I think they should be rewarded every once and a while .

  15. thank you for the two-hour delay to free the entangled Whale, but you did not film it!! I prefer Whales to Sharks, no offence. The filming is awesome. .

  16. Jonathan I would recommend a visit to Palma in Mallorca at Palma aquarium they have up to 30 sharks including Sand tiger, Sandbar, Leopard and one part of the aquarium has a scalloped Hammerhead I even named him Harry.

  17. Just sneaking by, romancing sharkies on this delightful valentine's day. My fave sharky is the seatigy (Galeocerdo Cuvier aka tiger sharky), but any sharky is a good sharky xxx Yep I'm, new to you, but I came here via Coyote & Mark

  18. Oh my look at that delicious morsel of red meat on a rope just hanging perfectly for a quick bite from below…

    [DENIED]

    Oh come on just a little nibble is all I as…

    [DENIED]

    O.k…. looks like diver is back on the menu boys!

  19. Please continue doing your amazing work! I am so glad to have found and to stumble upon a great channel like this. God bless!

  20. I've been to Mexico! its BEAUTIFUL
    i rlly rlly rlly want to see a great white i'm in LOVE with sharks and the critters in the sea

  21. If a shark washed up on shore Will you die faster than a dolphin would because it wouldn’t be able to breathe

  22. Just came form a video done in 1997 that ended with the research talking about how he was coming to Guadalupe from off the cost of South Africa to study sharks not tainted by tourism. Guess that did not work out all that well.

  23. I cant belive people are doing this too sharks.Theyre living creatures too sharks are super beautiful creatures.Most people call them monsters but theyre not theyre living creatures.

  24. The most dangerous predator isn't a great white shark, it's humans. Great whites. blue whales, and countless other species, are on the verge of extinction because of people capturing and killing them for so long and in such large numbers. There have been attempts in some cases to grant protection to certain marine life over the last several decades. But, in some cases, like the blue whale, their numbers haven't recovered very much. Likewise, nobody should be killing great whites, they are there for a reason, and they shouldn't be wiped out. Although I am a novice, I think there is a lot of misunderstandings about great whites from movies like jaws. Tiger sharks are another species of shark that's misunderstood. Hopefully, with time and being left alone, these fascinating animals and all endangered species, can be saved.

  25. Another great video Jon! I did however notice that none of these white sharks had tags on them. Did you see any tagged? Or better yet, do you know if the boat tours conduct tagging when they see sharks without. Let me know your thoughts, thanks!

  26. The snout is blunt and somewhat rounded. Tiger sharks are among the largest species of sharks, both in length and weight. Females are larger than males at maturity. Tiger sharks average 10-14 feet in length, but the largest individuals may be as long as 18 feet and weigh over 1,400 pounds.

  27. Respect for the Mexican government for taking measures to protect the oceans–especially because it seems to have helped out a ton! And I don't blame them for making shark cages mandatory. Even if the average shark 'attack' is usually a test-nibble before they realize we aren't that tasty, a nibble to them could be a life or limb lost for us. I wouldn't stand out in the open to feed a gang of hungry tigers, so I wouldn't want to risk it underwater, either.

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