JAWS, Shark Week, & SharkFest: How Hollywood Demonized Sharks and Shaped Our Perceptions…

JAWS, Shark Week, & SharkFest: How Hollywood Demonized Sharks and Shaped Our Perceptions…


(peppy music) – Hello, welcome to Rogue Rocket my name’s Maria Sosyan and before we get started today I wanna thank our sponsor MVMT with covering news on YouTube often the content isn’t
considered brand friendly and it’s essential to
have partners like MVMT in order to bring you deep dives like the one you’re watching right now. That being said today we’re
going to be talking about one of my all time
favorite topics, sharks. Sharks have been evolving
for over 400 million years and they’re one of the oldest living creatures on the planet. But even though they’ve
been around longer than us over time sharks and humans have developed a pretty
complicated relationship. When most of us think of sharks we think of defining features, like teeth. Not those kind, these. They’re sharp, they’re scary, and they have rows and rows of them. They personify the ultimate predator. They also make for good entertainment. Which is why over the years they’ve arguably become
Hollywood’s favorite man eaters. It’s no questions that the film industry has played a big role in
our perception of sharks. Especially when it comes to great whites. Just a side note here, many of the experts we spoke to actually prefer to call them white sharks not great white sharks. But for the sake of this video and what’s more commonly known we’ll call them great white sharks. So like we said the film industry and just media in general have played a huge roll in how we perceive these animals. But as we’ll see today that
perception is off base. And actually a little unfair. Are sharks dangerous? Depending on the species, yes. Are they as dangerous as the
media makes them out to be? No. Think back to the first time
you were introduced to a shark. Was it on TV? Was it at the aquarium? Was it out in open sea? Was it on YouTube? “♪” baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo “♪” baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo “♪” baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo “♪” baby shark! Good luck getting that out of your head. The first time I ever
saw a shark was in 1997, at Amity Island in Universal Studios. I had seen photos and
illustrations of sharks in books but never before had I seen one like this. – Is that, Michael! – Oh my gosh!
(screaming) – Michael row your boat ashore. (muffled speaking) – Oh, oh it’s too late. – Eww eww eww – No, no he’s saying bye
bye Michael, bye bye. That’s just sad isn’t it? It’s just. – Oh and look at that, he
sure hit fast didn’t he? – He took the bait. Oh my gosh he took the whole
(fire explosions) Hold on everybody, watch the peer. (water cannon firing) (shrieking) – Even if it was fake as you can tell from this home video. It felt pretty real to me. – [Man] Ah okay – [Girl] That was stupid (laughing) – [Man] That was called acting okay? (laughing) – The shark from Jaws is iconic, I didn’t watch the film until much later but that ride alone was enough to make me terrified of them. And considering that the ride
was based off of the film it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that following it’s release in 1975 other people were also terrified. So terrified in fact that they
stopped going to the beach. Causing beach attendance to drop. The film itself was a huge hit. At the time, no movie had ever made over
$100 million at the box office. And Jaws came in at over $260
million in the U.S. alone. Many believe that the film’s
success at the box office, was responsible for the sensationalizing and fear mongering that ensued
in the years that followed. Dr. Chris Lowe is professor
in marine biology, and director of the shark Lab at California State
University, Long Beach. He grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and was there when Jaws was filmed. – Really Jaws was the start
of the whole shark craze and when I mean shark craze I mean the fad to get people scared of sharks. And it was easy to do because we knew so little about them at the time. And the cool thing about the movie is you rarely see a shark in the movie. It’s all what is happening in our heads. We made that monster in our heads. And the film, the music behind it, all those things were actually brilliant. And what happened was it set sharks up as this evil animal that
we don’t understand. And it’s been very hard to change people’s
perceptions about sharks since that movie. – Those perceptions were
so negatively influential in how people dealt with sharks, that Peter Benchley, author of the book the
movie was based off of later went on to say he
regretted writing it. Even decades after Jaws films like Deep Blue Sea, The Shallows, and Sharknado one, two,
three, four, five, and six continue to spin the same narrative. That sharks are hyper
aggressive killing machines. Additionally, conservationist
believe that programs, like Shark Week on The Discovery Channel, and Sharkfest on NatGeo also contribute to that narrative because they’ve become less about facts and scientific evidence and more about entertainment, celebrity guests, dramatic headlines, and ominous music. Fear and suspense add to
the entertainment factor so writers in many cases will go out of their way to make these segments more
dramatic and thrilling, Here’s a clip from Shark Week 2016. (dramatic music) – [Narrator] The safest
place is in the cage, if the cage stays in one piece. (water gurgling) One float is punctured, if the shark takes out the other one, the cage could sink to the bottom, leaving Brandon trapped. – Music also plays an important roll in the story you’re trying to tell. It played a big part in Jaws’ success. Steven Spielberg and John Williams worked together to develop
one of the most terrifying film scores ever written. And according to a 2005 survey by the American Film Institute it’s among the top ten
most memorable scores in movie history. Guaranteed we’re all familiar
with this intense scene. (Jaws theme music) (splashing water) (screaming) – Did you see that? – So again this begs the question what really shapes our
perception of sharks? Are we more reliant on scientific facts or have we been conditioned
by Hollywood and the media? – One of the things people
have to be careful about is ya know, shark programming on the networks varies greatly, right? Some of it is more sensationalized, some of it’s more entertainment and it doesn’t have a lot
of factual information. People have to be careful where you get your information from. Some of the shark shows are really good, that have it packed with
science and good information, others not so much. So if you’re really
interested in those things, there are lots of great websites, where you can learn a
lot more about sharks. So that people can start becoming ya know, kinda discerning
in terms of what information that they think is good and what information is
not necessarily accurate. – Sharks play an important
role in the oceans’ ecosystem by maintaining the species
below them in the food chain. – Imagine sharks as the
oceans’ immune system, the white blood cells, they pick out the dead, dying, weak, sick, injured animals. Leaving only the healthiest to reproduce, keeping lower tropic levels and populations in balance. We all rely on our immune systems and the scientific evidence for the importance of sharks is mounting – That was Ocean Ramsey, you may know her from photos and videos that went viral earlier this year. Ramsey is a marine biologist
and conservationist working to protect great white sharks. Here she is swimming with
one off the coast of Hawaii. Much of Ramsey’s work
is also centered around demystifying the notion that
sharks are man eating machines. But some conservationists find
her approach irresponsible. In an interview with the
Washington Post, Michael Domeier, who is the founding director of the Marine Conservation
Science Institute, said “Promoting through social
media that it’s safe and okay to swim with these
animals is irresponsible.” He went on to say that
touching sharks in the wild is a “very serious ethical concern in the shark diving industry.” and Ramsey’s actions are “not shark advocacy, it is
selfish self-promotion.” Take this video of Ramsey swimming with a great white shark in January 2019. (Peaceful music) The music used here is
peaceful, calm, almost majestic. This makes me feel like it’s totally okay to swim with sharks and touch a great white
shark if I encounter one. Which just isn’t smart
for an amateur like myself or any diver really. And many believe that
it is very irresponsible because it encourages behavior
that puts you at risk. The argument being you
wouldn’t try to touch a bear if you came across one in a forest. So why would a shark be any different. Here’s another go pro video of a diver’s encounter with a
great white in South Africa. But this time no music. (water trickling) – Ahh – This encounter is far more realistic. From the video it looks like the shark was
just minding it’s own business, but emotions run high when
you’re out on the open sea. And considering our current perception of great white sharks it’s no surprise the
diver was freaking out. I’d freak out too, even after all the research
I did for this story and all the experts I
spoke to work in the field. It’s difficult to change a perception that’s been built gradually over decades. Even other aspects of how the media covers shark related incidents
morphs our perception. Take the way we’ve coined
the phrase shark attack. For many conservationists
it implies intent rather than this is an animal, doing what it does in
it’s natural habitat. But shark attacks make for
sensational news stories. Especially when they prove fatal. Yet your odds of being killed by a shark are over one in three and a half million. You’re more likely to
die in a car accident, a train crash, from being struck
by lightening or fireworks, or from an illness like
influenza or heart disease. Hell, you’re more likely to die
in an air or space accident, or from exposure to the sun. It is true however, that on
rare occasions, sharks do bite. And shark bites have been rising steadily for more than a century. But this has more to do with
shark and human populations than anything else. But before we get into the why lets look at some more data. In the U.S. for example,
over the past several summers we’ve seen a number of high
profile shark encounters from North Carolina to Hawaii. Still officials say beaches are safe since the incidences are
still statistically very rare. In 2018 for example,
there were 130 incidence, of alleged shark/human
interactions worldwide. Of these 66 were unprovoked, meaning someone was bit, in a sharks natural habitat,
with no human provocation. 34 were provoked. Meaning someone initiated the
interaction with the shark by harassing or trying to touch the shark, feeding the shark, that was Rhonda Rousey by the way, trying to unhook or remove
one from a fishing net, and so on. And as of August 16, 2019 there have been a total
of 61 publicly reported and verified shark bites worldwide. Five of which have been fatal. Let’s compare that to
what Hollywood portrays. In the movie Jaws, five people were killed by
Bruce, that’s the shark. That’s the same amount of
deaths from a single incident as would normally happen worldwide. In Deep Blue Sea there were 10 fatalities, that’s double the world average per year. And while real life incidents
involve various species, three are considered the most dangerous. – Historically, the sharks that
are most greatly implicated in bites on people are white sharks, tiger sharks, and bull sharks. And they tend to be three
of the largest species that are carnivores and
they feed on big things. And quite often that little
bite from a big shark can do a lot of damage. – We know that humans are
not their preferred prey they’d rather feast on
stingrays, seals, and sea lions. So why do shark attacks happen? – The bottom line is we don’t really know why sharks
occasionally bite people. The provoked bites are
pretty easy to understand. The fisherman’s caught a shark and they’re trying to take a hook out and the shark bites them. Or a diver goes and sees a
shark laying on the bottom and they grab their tail and
the shark bites the person. Those are what we call provoked attacks. And those are true attacks, the animals defending itself. It’s the unprovoked incidents that we don’t fully understand. So why would a person out
minding their own business suddenly have a shark
come over and bite them? So we can put those into two categories, we can call, well it’s either
defense or it’s predation. So the reason we don’t think many attacks are actually
predation related is because there’s no indication that people are being fed on by sharks. Sharks bite people but
quite often just swim away. So a little bite from a big
shark can do a lot of damage. And that quite often gets
people very concerned. But the reality of it is, that shark actually
could’ve bit that person for defensive reasons as well. So that person might have
been in that sharks space, the shark was communicating that person, the person couldn’t even see the shark. And the shark said well
I gave you my warning, and I came over and they bite the person, and guess what, the person leaves. So we just don’t know why. And we may never know why. But none-the-less, it
happens so infrequently, that it’s almost crazy to worry about. – While no one knows for certain, there are theories grounded in facts. Ones that claim the
more humans in the sea, the more human-shark interactions. – When it comes to sharks biting people, the perception is that
the numbers are going up. In reality the numbers are going down. And the reason for that is we’re putting more people in
the water than ever before. Shark populations, many
of them are hunted, to pretty low levels about 50 years ago. And many of them have been protected. We manage our fisheries better, so many of them are coming back. So when we say shark bites
are going up on people they went from maybe four last year, to five or eight this year. So some people oh my god it’s doubled. But go from four to eight when there are millions
of people using the ocean every single day, with more sharks in the water, That’s not an increase. In fact the per capita rate is decreased over the last 50 years. And as a biologist what that tells me is sharks really don’t
want to be around people. But accidents do happen. – Let’s take the Atlantic
Coast for example. Off the coast of Cape Cod we’ve seen a surge of great
whites over the last decade. Sightings are almost a daily occurrence. Marine biologists think the main reason they’re seeing more
sharks off the East Coast is an abundance of food. Since becoming a protected species, the gray seal population
off Cap Cod has exploded. And more seals means, more sharks are coming closer
to shore to feed on them. According to marine biologists and like professor Lowe pointed out, more sharks and more beach goers mean that at some point
someone is going to get bit. But it’s important to remember
that on a per capita basis, the chance of getting bit has gone down. And when bites do happen law
makers often take action. A fatal shark bite last year that resulted in the death
of 26 year old Arthur Medici prompted officials and legislators to take new steps to
keep beach goers safer. Including new warning systems, improved emergency call systems, and better medical treatment. Cell service at Cap
beaches is pretty spotty, so officials have installed emergency land line phones
in beach parking lots. When picked up the phone
automatically dial 911. Beaches also have bleeding control kits, that contain a tourniquet
and special bandages. There’s also a new crowd
sourcing app called Sharktivity, that pinpoints great
white sharks sightings and sends users alerts. Researchers, safety officials, and users have the ability to
report shark sightings, and upload photos for confirmation to help reduce shark
encounters and promote safety. Apart from Cap Cod another
shark hotspot is Florida. For decades the state
has topped the charts for worldwide shark attacks, and the trend continued in 2018. Earlier in August, three people were bitten
in a span of 24 hours at the same Florida beach. Shark encounters are relatively
common at New Smyrna Beach, which has been coined as, the shark attack capital of the world. In these cases people were
either surfing or boogie boarding when they were attacked. And because of this experts have reason to
believe that the attacks could be a case of mistaken identity. Here’s a quote from Tyler Bowling, manager of the Florida
Program of Shark Research at the University of Florida. “Those guys are trying
to get the drop on fish in shallow and murky water but sometimes, unfortunately, they spot a
foot they confuse for prey and take a bite, when they realize it’s part of something much bigger than them
they freak out and bolt. They do not wanna interact with you.” South Carolina has also seen an increase in shark incidences in recent years. As have North Carolina,
California, and Hawaii. Outside of the U.S., Australia has experienced
the higher than average number of shark incidence. The country is home to large populations of various shark species, including great white sharks. They’re so common, that people often travel to Australia to go cage diving with great whites. And you’re almost always guaranteed to come across at least one. (Water churning) That’s definitely on my bucket list. But Australia isn’t the only other country with a large number of incidents. South Africa follows very closely behind. Cape Town boasts some of the best beaches and surf spots in the world. Billions of people travel
to this vacation destination for the water alone. But like Australia, Cap Town is also home to
various species of sharks, especially great whites. Along with an abundance
of great white sharks, the South African coast is
also home to the Cape Fur Seal. And historically, sharks have been found actively
patrolling Seal Island. Which is off the western cape and within False Bay. Especially between May and September. And because of the growing number of great white sharks in the area, and in turn the possibility
of attacks on humans, the South African
government has announced, it will be installing the world’s first shark repellent electromagnetic cable off the coast of western Australia to protect swimmers and give
them a sense of security. The 150 meter long pulsing cable, expected to be installed by late December, will be fixed to the seafloor, with vertical risers supporting electrodes that emit a low-frequency
pulsed electronic signal. During a four week trial
at a Cape-Town beach the cable proved to be 100% effective in turning away at least 50 sharks. So we’ll see how that goes. The California coast has seen an influx of great white sharks this year as well. Particularly juveniles great whites. Many contribute this to new protections that have been put in
place over the last decade to protect their species from
being fished or going extinct. – We’re actually an
amazing time in California where sharks coming back is a sign of our coastal
oceans getting healthier. – But more sharks means more questions and more need for research and more efforts to educate
the public about shark safety. Dr. Chris Lowe along with California Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell drafted a bill last year that was approved to
allocate $3.75 million in state funds to improve beach safety and increase shark research. And in a proactive
effort to help the public the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab put up Shark Shacks along the Southern Californian Coast to let people know how to exercise caution during an encounter with sharks. And how to respond if one bites you. – So all of this is in
partnership with our lifeguards who are great partners, so a lot of the information that we share at the shark shacks, the lifeguards are trained how to give that information
out to the public as well. So we have shark jaws,
and we have shark skin. Cause kids are curious and
interested in those things, and they became great
kinda conversation tools, where we can use things we’ve
learned about shark biology to help them fear them less. – Apart from being informed and understanding shark behavior, it’s also important to practice safety. Here are some helpful tips from Dr. Lowe. – Before you go to a beach look online and find out what kind of
animals can be found there. Or go to the local
lifeguard, ask lifeguards, what do I need to be aware
of when I go to this beach? After that go to a guarded beach. Guarded beaches are
clearly the safest beaches because there’s somebody there to help you if you do get into trouble. But just knowing that
there’s somebody there who’s looking out for these things should make you feel more comfortable. The other recommendation we give is swim in a group, surf in a group. Go with your friends, it’s more fun, but it’s also safer. We know that just based on statistics, you’re probability of
being bitten by a shark go even further down,
if you’re in a group, then if you’re by yourself. – So what should you do if you do happen to come
across a great white shark? – You revel, you cheer, because you just got to see something that 20 years ago, I was afraid people wouldn’t get to see. So the fact that you
could get in the ocean or even be on a boat and see a shark, is amazing thing. It’s a conservation success story. So people really don’t
need to fear those things, what we always tell people is, to look, if you see a shark, keep your eye on the
shark, watch the shark, let the shark know you’re seeing it. And quite often they’ll just swim on by. And later you’ll be able
to tell the coolest stories to your friends and family. – In previous years people have been very
cavalier about killing sharks, because of negative
perceptions given off by movies and news stories. After Jaws big game fishermen
all up and down the east coast were looking to catch
one of the great whites they saw on the big screen. But the reality is that these animals are a central part of
our oceans ecosystem. And people seem to be
catching on to this fact, – People’s perceptions
about sharks are changing, right so, 30 40 years ago going out and killing a shark was not a problem for most people, and they thought they were
doing the public some good by keeping some beach goer safe. That, I think that attitude’s
starting to change. So people are starting to
be concerned about sharks. They’re worried about
populations being over fished. And that’s great, but
we do have to remember we have 9 billion people on the planet that have to eat. Shark fisheries have been demonstrated to be sustainable if
they’re property managed. So it’s not like people can’t
kill any sharks anymore. Sometimes you have to do that to eat. And that’s okay. But on the other hand I think people are looking
at sharks differently. They understand their
roll in the environment a little better. They understand the importance of them, balanced against the possible risk of somebody being harmed. So I think people are looking at sharks in a different light. Not so much that we can
kill a bunch of them and that’s okay. We have a reason to protect them, we have a reason to
keep them on the planet. Even though they can
pose a potential risk. – But it’s important to keep in mind that while misconceptions about
sharks are being dispelled, they sometimes come
back into the spotlight. 2016’s The Shallows was heavily criticized by
scientist and researchers from Stanford and other institutions for portraying sharks like
the animals from Jaws. In an open letter to Columbia they wrote, “While this reference no
doubt works well to launch The Shallows, it is also a
reference that deeply concerns us in the marine science community given the precarious state
of global shark populations.” All that said it’s time to
pass the question off to you. Has your perception of sharks
changed over the years? If so, how? Do you think programs like Shark Week and Jaws and even Sharknado have contributed to the
way we think about sharks? Do you think there’s something
to be said our obsession with this type of entertainment? That over the years has
had a negative impact on how we view these animals? And lastly, have you ever
encountered a shark in the ocean? If you have, now’s your
chance to tell us all about it in the comments below. I swam with black tipped
reef sharks three years ago and I will never not talk about it when the opportunity presents itself. But we’ll save that
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100 thoughts on “JAWS, Shark Week, & SharkFest: How Hollywood Demonized Sharks and Shaped Our Perceptions…

  1. What's your take? Do you have any close encounters with sharks? Do you like shark related movies? Tell us in the comments! 🦈

  2. 17:53 That's not a good idea. In fact that's a really REALLY bad idea. That's going to wreak havoc on the marine life's navigation systems as many fish and aquatic mammals rely on electrical signals to navigate the ocean. I hope it doesn't cause permanent damage but I deeply suspect it will. That cable would be the equivalent of putting long sticky threads all throughout the African jungles in order to combat malaria. Yes you will most likely achieve your goal, but the collateral damage done to the rest of the environment in the process is not worth it.

  3. I’ve always loved sharks, even after watching jaws. I got to swim with sharks a few years ago and it was amazing! I did have a spooky encounter during it but it was with a barracuda lol

  4. This is the news that we need unlike the sensationalized bullshit tv news blowing up every story of a person getting a shark bite.

  5. We get pretty irked at the phrase 'shark-infested water'. Unless you're talking about the Community Center pool in out on the parkway, it's more likely than not their water…

  6. Great video! Important topic to bring up.

    Also, "have you ever encountered a shark in the ocean?", No… I have hardly encountered an ocean… 😭

  7. I uderstand the media does make them out to be murderous man eaters… and the thing is not all sharks are but you still can't say bull sharks, tiger sharks, and white sharks don't kill people they're literally known as the big three for shark attacks. I uderstand the argument but at the same time you should still keep your distance and admire the animals beauty from a boat. Its like arguing that a grizzly won't hurt you when we all know it fucking will

  8. Oh yeah, my grandparents live in New Symrna over the winter. Thankfully they don't boogieboard or anything, lmao.
    I think sharks are pretty cool. I don't swim at beaches though, but I'm more afraid of riptides.

  9. Sharks like most animals are curious and they unlike us cant investigate with a hand or something harmless like that. They only have a mouth to investigate. Yes they bite but its because of curiosity. People get hurt but it's not because they are aggressive or want to eat you.
    Also people on surfboards look like seals from beneath them in water so they bite thinking you're a seal but tend to stop the minute they realise you're not a seal.
    Sharks are not dangerous there behavior is not aggressive. Stop killing them over false information and fear

  10. My view of sharks will never and have never change I LOVE em b/c I always wanted to be a marine biologist

  11. "You wouldn't try to touch a bear if you came across one in the wild…" The amount of faith they have in humanity is cute. I'm not afraid of sharks, but I also live in Colordao so… I have a very healthy fear of bears, though. 😉

  12. Honestly, I've always been terrified of the open ocean because of sharks and other various predators of the sea. I always will be I suspect. But, nonetheless, I definitely appreciate the different and vital perspectives I gained from this video.

  13. I live in the middle of the woods where we get bears, coyotes, cougars, and wolves going through yards on a regular basis. I've always thought of sharks like the predators I live around; they are hungry animals trying to eat and live another day. So be smart but not terrified.

  14. "considering our current perception of great white sharks its no surprise the diver was freaking out" wtf, anyone would freak out seeing something like that come that close to you, even someone that never heard of a shark before.

  15. Commenting this while still only half-way through (so forgive me is this is later talked about), but it’s at the part about shark attacks and I was wondering, if someone was out in the ocean and saw a shark nearby/approaching (and it’s giving off, like the one guy said, “shark warning signs”) what would be the best thing(s) to do to avoid being bitten/attacked (obviously if getting on a boat or something wasn’t an option)? Should you stay as still as possible? Should you splash around a lot (like yelling and lifting up your arms to scare off a bear, etc.)? Would trying to swim away look aggressive to a shark? Should you lay flat (or would that make you appear larger/more seal-like) or should you stay straight up and down (or would your dangling feet be enticing for the shark to grab onto)?

    TL;DR: How could someone nearby a shark lessen their chances of getting bit?

  16. My perception of sharks changed when I first saw one in an aquarium( school trip when I was 10 or 12.) They're these huge, beautiful majestic creatures. One of the big things that we as a species have done is over fish/poach their normal prey.

    But I will say that grilled make is pretty good.

  17. I love this and it’s great content, but I have a nitpick. "Someone’s gonna get bit, and other incorrect uses of "bit," rub me in all sorts of wrong ways. You have great info and then something like that? I don’t know if it’s to try to be somewhat informal or something, but that can be achieved by vocal tone and questions that promote active listening. Please. It’s "bitten." Maybe I see it more because I’m an editor, but when basic grammar gets flouted, I take the source of the information less seriously. It feels less reliable when the narrator doesn’t seem to have a grasp of language. Even if other listeners don’t bump on the specific thing that feels wrong, it can impact how trustworthy they will view the source as being. If it wasn’t several instances, maybe I’d not have commented, but I really do like this channel. After all the work that goes into this, to have a stumble that’s really avoidable is a bummer.

    Also, "coined as the new Shark Attack Capital," is an unforced error in this as well. Please please give these another polish if at all possible.

  18. human in a diving suit looks like a seal i guess / the solution is to change the color of the diving suit to a color that sharks dislike i guess or equipe divers with a radio wave repelling sharks that divers can use in case of an emergency random shark attack

  19. Really enjoying these deep dives. I was already warming up to Maria as a host anyway, but I think she's my favorite now… let her do more shark videos! 😛

  20. I think you should do a video on serial killers. Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy..they give serial killers a bad name. Most serial killers only kill 3-5 people not 100's as portrayed by those types of movies. /s

  21. idk man im still scared of sharks. The teeth make me nervous, same with whales & dolphins. I don't wanna see any of them while swimming. I like little fishys unless they have big teeth..

  22. If you guys at rogue rocket don't mind looking into mining companies like cerrejon in Colombia what they have done to the environment and indigenous people

  23. I do have a shark story, but it's not a tragic one. As a preteen we lived in Santa Cruz, and the waves were gentle enough that body-surfing was incredibly easy to do. I could get a half mile out from shore without even thinking about it. On one of those farther jaunts, something nibbled my ankle. Without thinking, I kicked out, then looked down, and saw a baby tiger shark.

    Now, I had an irresponsible father who took me to see Jaws when I was five, so all that fear loomed up, and I set off for shore at high speed. Oddly, the shark followed–never bit again, but just stayed close. I kept swimming until I hit sand, and my family says I kept going until I hit DRY sand. All I know is, I turned, and realized the baby shark was still there, swimming through the shallows, then took off for the deeper waters. At the time, I was terrified, but reflecting on it now, with what I've learned over the years, I really think it thought I was in some kind of distress and wanted to make sure.

  24. I love sharks and have always found them fascinating. When I was a young teenager I use to swim with Reef sharks out on the north east coast of South Africa and also my father took me down to a Raggedtooth breeding cave about 20km from where I live to teach me how docile they were. I wonder why they showed no reports or any information from Port St Johns here on our east coast. There have been some deaths there and not saying this as a scare tactic, but why they haven't used this area for studies.
    As for your question on Shallows, I do agree it showed sharks in a bad light, very bad. I mean common at one point a hungry shark LEAVES a whale carcass to purposefully attack the chick. What BS!

    EDIT: But well done on this piece. Really enjoyed it.

  25. Sharks are my favorite animals and I LOVE anything that tries to educate people about them. They are so beautiful and important to our oceans ecosystems.

  26. So Jaws and Deep Blue Sea are fictional movies and I don’t think these represent reality. Shark are bigger and faster then me so…I will give them space, just like an Elephant, Buffalo or Elk.

  27. It’s hard because I’m a sucker for fictional shark movies, but I also have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for real sharks. I know that the movie is completely dramatized, and it doesn’t change my perception of sharks in the real world, but I can’t count on other people reacting the same way. But when it comes down to it, if I had to choose either no more shark movies or potentially no more sharks, I would say goodbye to shark movies forever! 🦈

  28. Of course hollywood sensationalized Sharks in movies like Jaws" just like snakes are sensationalized in movies like "Anaconda" and spiders in movies like "Arachnophobia". That doesnt mean that you shouldnt be warry of these creatures. Just because there aren't many Lion attacks reported and the fact that they generally don't want anything to do with you doesn't mean that if you are in their habitat you shouldn't be warry of them.

  29. Jaws was a very successful film that was meant to show the ferocity of nature yet made it to be the villain instead of the checks-and-balances of humanity. Movies even like Jurassic Park, or the book its based on is supposed to humble humanity and not become the victim. People in films are portrayed as a conqueror one moment, and becomes the prey the next. Movies like this have shown the ugly and corrupted behavior with of those in power can be, like the Mayor neglecting safety for boon instead or the same for John Hammond but he did change his mind afterwards.

    (My avatar picture is a parody of that movie poster, it is a cat instead of a shark.)

  30. I used to surf and lifeguard, I've seen enough. I completely stick to pools, no more ocean or river/ lake for me.
    Knowing the truth doesn't stop the accident from happening and I'm sure those 5-8 dead people per year would have rather stayed out of the water.

  31. I never leave comments on YouTube videos but I have to on this one because its so important. This is such an important topic. Sharks are such an important part of a healthy ecosystem and are beautiful misunderstood animals. we as humans kill millions of sharks a year and freak out about the 3-5 shark attacks annually that we hear on the news. The ocean is the sharks home, we are just a guest. the movies listed in the video have had such a negative impact on the shark population, but videos like this can help spread positive information about these beautiful animals. Thank you for doing this story.

  32. I've seen at least 4 species of sharks in the wild off the California coast including blue, salmon, and leopard sharks. They're amazing animals.

  33. Sharks are my favorite animal in the oceans. Seriously misunderstood & ignorantly demonized. I've never watched Jaws, and never will. That movie is mostly responsible for the misguided fear of sharks. I'm disappointed to hear that Sharkweek has misrepresented sharks. We need to understand sharks. They can be dangerous but they are not 'man eaters', I hate that phrase.🦈 We need more fact based information and education about these magnificent beautiful creatures.🦈💙
    I've never encounted a shark in real life. One of my bucket list things is to dive with Sharks.

  34. Sharks aren't as dangerous as movies make them seem?! You mean sharks don't actually have a vendetta against a particular family and they won't actually track them down across the world?! Next thing you will be telling me that they don't actually rain from the sky!

    The movies aren't the reason sharks are feared. Their rows of sharp teeth, dead looking eyes, and the fear of what lurks below all play into our fear instincts.

  35. Now can we have a similar video about snakes. Because a lot of the misconceptions about sharks mirror snakes as well. Especially when it comes to killing them for the “safety/greater good”.

  36. I was 10 years old and 35 meters underwater when I saw my first shark. It was a white tip reef shark, I never saw it coming till it was right beside me. We locked eyes and it swam away and I swam after it… good times..

  37. The main thing everyone forgets is we play, work, & destroy their domain. So when an accident occurs with Sharks we want to destroy them. Its their damn domain humans ruin everything including the planet shortly. If something comes in our home our reaction is to confront it or get it out. The hyperbole associated with sharks is disgusting, more people are killed by dogs. Should we start hunting and killing dogs indiscriminately?

  38. As a kid I was definitely more concerned about sharks. I live in Britain where we don’t really see many sharks but I was convinced they were everywhere in oceans around America and Australia. Now I know that the risk of shark attacks is so incredibly low that I don’t think I would be worried about sharks no matter what ocean I was swimming in.

  39. "You're more likely to die in an air accident than by a shark attack"
    Gee thanks doing a lot to help my fear of flying

  40. I absolutely love Jaws. It's an amazing movie. However, I know better than to believe a movie, especially since the film industry depicts so many things wrong, and not just sharks.

  41. sharks are scary, but in a respectful way. just like i have a rational fear of a wild lion, a wild bear, a wild wolf, and other predators, i have a rational fear to wild sharks. but their beauty and necessity is undeniable. And it's great that populations are on the rise again after the significant drop.

  42. Did you know that sharks can smell a drop of blood from inside a black hole? Thats right, their sense of smell defies the laws of physics and is not bound by this reality because they come from another plane of existence. Facinating. #Disoveryfacts

  43. I never had a negative perception. I love diving with them. I have seen them in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, North Carolina, Florida, Western Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

  44. That brave lady's name is seriously Ocean Ramsey. Ocean. I guess she figured she'd do more than just live up to the name.

  45. Does that music REALLY make you feel like it's okay to reach out and touch a great white shark if you just happen to swim by one? REALLY?

    I thought better of you, or at least your script-writing team. That's just lazy.

  46. What I gather from videos on animal misconceptions, most animals just really go out of their way to avoid humans and would rather have nothing to do with us. Some even share our feelings of disgust for each other.

  47. 21:37 "sometimes you need to kill sharks to eat, and that's ok"

    mmmm yes, I do love a hearty serving of lead and carcinogens with my fish n chips. Sharks are the top of the ocean's food chain, all toxins in the ocean are bioamplified into their flesh. Do not eat sharks, boycott companies that put shark meat in their products.

  48. I am very passionate about this topic.

    Please watch Sharkwater and Sharkwater: Extinction. They are on Amazon Prime and are some of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

  49. I love how she said that watching the video of the diver swimming with the shark makes her think that it's OK to see a wild animal in the water,a carnivorous giant fish,and jump in the water to touch and swim with it….how dumb can you be?really?

  50. I was always afraid of sharks growing up in Johannesburg, whenever I would vacation to the seaside I would freak out going too deep, even used to freak myself out in large murky swimming pools, ridiculous right? However, as I grew up and started to hear the numbers and the unlikelihood of being a victim, I became intrigued. I scuba dive fairly regularly and have encountered a Raggy off the east coast of SA, said to be one of the more vicious types of sharks. It was so peaceful watching this majestic creature swim around us. Now, living in Cape Town, I am often in the water surfing or free diving. The perception is generally healthy surrounding sharks, but I try my best to make those who are still fearful understand that they don't want anything to do with us. Saying all this, thank you for the video. This will definitely be a reference to those that still fear sharks.

  51. As a shark enthusiast and someone who both adores and fears/respects them, I can tell you that there are several reasons sharks will "attack" humans:

    1) Purely defensive measures. There are recorded instances of sharks and humans coming into contact where neither knew the other was there. Instinctive reaction shifted to defensive measures, the shark bit, and then instantly fled. Same goes for if a human tries to touch a shark or gets up in their personal space on purpose. That shark doesn't know you, it doesn't know what you're doing, and it can feel threatened as a result.

    2) Inquisitive nature. Just like humans, sharks are curious about their environment, aka, the bodies of water they swim in. When something unfamiliar enters their environment, they're not above coming over to investigate. This investigation can range from simply eyeing you up, to bumping you with its snout, to even taking what we call a "test bite". The shark wants to know all about this new thing in its environment: what it looks like, how many there are, what it's capable of, what it tastes like, and whether or not it's edible/a potential new food source. The VAST majority of semi-predation bites on humans are test bites

    3) Actual killing intent. There ARE recorded cases of sharks deliberately hunting humans. As stated, they are EXTREMELY rare, but it's because they're so rare that they stand out so much. The initial inspiration for Jaws was based on the 1916 shark attacks off of Jersey Shore, where four people were killed in the span of 11 days. How you know the difference between an investigatory bite and a predation bite is rather simple: if the shark keeps coming back, it's predatory.

    Take the Great White, for instance. It typically attacks in two stages if it's targeting you for food. The first is a wounding bite. It is not meant to kill, but meant to weaken. Depending on how deep you are and your location, the shark will likely come at you from below, where you'd be least likely to see them coming. This bite is meant to cause enough of an injury where you can't get away, you'll be hampered in any attempt to fight back, and you're going to start bleeding. A lot. This will further sap any strength you have left. After this? The shark'll back off, and let the damage it has already inflicted begin to do its work. After a few minutes, the shark'll come back. This next bite is the killing bite. It's meant to finish off the prey. The shark will not leave this time unless forced to, and will continue to attack until the prey finally dies.

    I cannot stress this enough, though: genuine predation attacks on humans by sharks are even more rare than shark attacks themselves, and shark attacks are already less likely to happen to you than getting struck by lightning.

  52. Great video!! I have great respect for sharks and want to see them protected. Over the years, my attitude has shifted away from an ignorant, oversimplified mentality that regards sharks as a menace in the ocean. But I still fear them, and I think my fears are healthy, rational and informed.

    I also want myself and other people to partake of our oceans for valuable activities like swimming and surfing. I think the best way to share the oceans is to widely adopt preemptive shark repellant measures so we can continue to enjoy the world's beautiful coastlines and beaches without the risk of fatal or traumatic shark encounters that damage or destroy human lives, and the public perception and reputation of these magnificent creatures along with it.

    As a result, I'm a huge fan of those electromagnetic shark repellant cables. I think they should be installed at every beach where humans have had encounters with sharks. You can't put a price on safety nor on staying active and healthy and fit while spending time in nature.

    Those cables are a triumphant achievement in human engineering and design and we should put them to their best use around the world. It shows respect to both human and marine life, and to me, that is a win-win scenario for everyone.

  53. back in my country Pakistan 70's a fishing village had a shark attack on one of the fish man who was bring his catch on the boat the rest of the fish men saw the shark attacking him his boat but just only his boat he was in with his fish men when the shark attack him to this day his body is or was never found you might not believer me but that your choice

  54. The amount of people that think because they're in the water, that they will be attacked is astronomical. Almost all of my friends are positive they'll be bitten like in jaws. Honestly I really wish more people would research into the behavior of specific sharks, the time of year for migration, and their feeding habits. Yeah going out on a board at dawn or dusk in seal dense water probably isn't safe or ideal. The shark cull is absolutely disgusting. I'm glad there's a deep dive into this.

  55. Hahaha “DEEP DIVE”, gotta love the unintentional pun. Great piece. Maria is awesome. As an Aussie, you learn to be aware but not necessarily afraid.

    The point that comes up whenever there is a shark incident is a discussion on “shark culling”, which I do not agree with. How would you like it if someone came into your home and “culled” your family? Oh what’s that? You wouldn’t like that and that would be a horrendous thing to do? EXACTLY! You wanna guarantee no one gets hurt by sharks? Keep people the heck outta their water. It’s arguments about shark culling that really make me annoyed at the ignorance of people. This video is fantastic. Thank you for making it!

  56. My mom raised me to not be afraid of sharks. She told me that as long as we didn't go too far out into the water and stayed together, they'd probably leave us alone. Sounds like she was completely right.

  57. We have to eat… but we don’t have to eat animals. Fishing for sharks or any other animal isn’t sustainable. Someday we will have fishless oceans.

  58. ive been surfing when a great white was really near me, i didnt realise, but when i got into shore people told me there was a big shark, but it was in Aus and they dont care about them. the only shark im scared of are bull sharks – they are arseholes, mad aggressive.

  59. Actually White Sharks have largely left False Bay in the last couple of years, believed in response to two orcas called Port and Starboard who seem to be hunting them. As a result, Cow Shark numbers have increased as this smaller species rises up to fill in a now rather empty ecological niche.

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