The Best Shark Paparazzi | Shark Week’s The Daily Bite


♪♪ I’M LUKE TIPPLE,
AND THIS IS YOUR “DAILY BITE.” NOW, I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO SNAG SOME PRETTY INCREDIBLE
SHARK SELFIES OVER THE YEARS. AND LET’S BE HONEST —
WE HUMANS ARE OBSESSED WITH RECORDING
THESE ELUSIVE PREDATORS, ESPECIALLY IN THE NAME
OF SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION. BUT GETTING THE PERFECT SHOT
TO DOCUMENT THEIR ASTONISHING APPEARANCES
ISN’T EASY. AND TODAY, WE’RE TALKING
TO SOME OF SHARK WEEK’S CRAZIEST PHOTOGRAPHERS, WHO HAVE RISKED IT ALL TO
BRING SHARKS TO OUR SCREENS. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME ABOUT MY GNARLIEST
EXPERIENCES UNDERWATER, I CAN TALK ABOUT NEAR MISSES
WITH SHARKS CHARGING AT ME OR MAYBE GETTING
MORE THAN I BARGAINED FOR IN THE MIDDLE
OF A FEEDING FRENZY, BUT, HONESTLY, BY FAR,
THE SKETCHIEST MISSION THAT I’VE GONE ON WAS HUNTING
FOR AN ELUSIVE SAWFISH ON A SHIPWRECK AT 230 FEET DEEP. NOW, WE’D HEARD REPORTS
OF MATURE SAWFISH CONGREGATING ON THE WRECK
OF THE QUEEN OF NASSAU. THAT’S JUST OFF OF THE COAST
OF THE FLORIDA KEYS. IT’S A REALLY ENDANGERED
SPECIES, AND I WANTED TO SEE WHICH SEXES MIGHT BE THERE
AND, PERHAPS EVEN, IF THIS CONGREGATION
WAS A SEASONAL EVENT. THAT EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE HELPED
BETTER PROTECT THE SAWFISH BY POSSIBLY INCLUDING
THE WRECK AS A BREEDING GROUND. DIVING THAT WRECK IS NOT A JOKE. IT’S A TECHNICAL DIVE,
IT REQUIRES MULTIPLE GASSES, AND WE’RE AT REALLY
EXTREME DEPTHS. AND THE WRECK IS NOTORIOUS
FOR ENTANGLEMENT, LOW VISIBILITY, STRONG CURRENTS,
AND BIG PREDATORS. WE DID MULTIPLE DIVES IN,
FRANKLY, HORRIBLE CONDITIONS AND STRUGGLED THROUGH GEAR
FAILURES AND TEAM FRUSTRATION. AND I GOT TO TELL YOU —
THERE WAS DEFINITELY MOMENTS WHINE I WAS FLYING AROUND
230 FEET UNDERWATER, LOW VISIBILITY,
ON MY UNDERWATER SCOOTER, WONDERING WHAT THE HELL
I WAS DOING LOOKING FOR
A 15-TO-20-FOOT ANIMAL WITH AN 8-FOOT SWORD
FOR A SNOUT. I MEAN, IF I’D ACTUALLY RUN INTO
THE THING AT THAT SPEED, ITS FIRST DEFENSE WOULD HAVE
BEEN TO SLASH OUT AT ME, AND THERE’S A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE
I WOULD HAVE BEEN TOAST. DESPITE EVERYTHING, WE GOT
THE SHOT WE WERE AFTER, AND IT HAPPENED ON THE VERY
LAST DAY AND THE VERY LAST DIVE. IT WAS REALLY TREMENDOUS
PRESSURE TO BE UNDER, BUT THE FOOTAGE WAS VALUABLE, AND IT WENT TOWARDS THE DATABASE
OF LOCAL SCIENTISTS WORKING TO BETTER PROTECT
THE SAWFISH. ♪♪ I’VE BEEN FILMING GREAT WHITE
SHARKS FOR OVER TWO DECADES NOW, ALL OVER THE PLANET. THEY ARE MY FAVORITE SHARK
IN THE WORLD. AND I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU
THIS INCREDIBLE STORY. RECENTLY, I WENT TO A LOCATION
IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA THAT WE NICKNAMED
THE “ISLE OF JAWS.” AND THEN, SUDDENLY,
I SEE THESE TWO SHARKS SWIMMING RIGHT UP TO ME. THEY SPLIT PAST ME,
AND MY HEAD IS EXPLODING. I’M THINKING, “I’VE NEVER HAD
TWO WHITE SHARKS THIS CLOSE IN PERFECT SYNCHRONY,
RIGHT OVER TOP OF ME. I SEE THEM LOOP BACK AROUND, AND THEN THEY SWIM
RIGHT UP OVER ME AGAIN. AND I LOOK, AND I SEE THESE
ALMOST IDENTICAL BIRTHMARKS. AND I’M THINKING,
“THEY LITERALLY LOOK LIKE GREAT WHITE SHARK BROTHERS.” SO, AS IT’S SWIMMING PAST,
I PET THIS ONE’S BELLY, GIVE IT A BIT OF A RUB,
JUST TO LET IT KNOW, “HEY, I KNOW YOU’RE CLOSER
THIS TIME,” AND THEN, ACTUALLY,
THIS SMALL ONE CAME RIGHT IN, BUMPED THE CAMERA HOUSING. I PUSHED IT OFF. AND THEN I REALIZED, WHEN THEY
START TO GET SUPER INQUISITIVE, SUPER CURIOUS,
IT’S BEST TO NOT PUSH IT. THIS LOCATION — WHAT’S REALLY
UNIQUE ABOUT IT IS, VERY CLOSE BY, THERE’S A PUPPY GROUND,
A GREAT WHITE SHARK NURSERY. GREAT WHITE SHARKS
CAN HAVE UP TO 1 TO 14 PUPS IN THE SAME LITTER. SO WHAT I BELIEVE
IS THIS NURSERY THAT’S CLOSE BY —
IF YOU’RE A BABY WHITE SHARK AND YOU HAVE
13 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, OF COURSE YOU’RE GONNA HANG OUT
WITH THEM — SAFETY IN NUMBERS,
COOPERATIVE HUNTING. IT MAKES SENSE. AND THESE TWO GREAT
WHITE SHARK BROTHERS — THEY ARE THE DIVE OF MY LIFE. GREAT WHITE SHARK BROTHERS ROCK. ♪♪ THE MAKO SHARK IS
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SHARK AND MY FAVORITE SHARK
TO WORK WITH. I’VE STUDIED AND FILMED THEM
FOR OVER 10 YEARS, AND THEY’VE DEFINITELY POSED
A LOT OF CHALLENGES. MOST OF THE ONES THAT WILL
STAY AROUND WITH CAMERAMEN ARE VERY BOLD,
AND THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT WE’RE ABLE TO HAVE
THESE AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH. ONE OF THE CRAZIEST EXPERIENCES
THAT I EVER HAD HAPPENED ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO. WE WERE OUT IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE OCEAN. THEN WE NOTICED THAT THERE WAS
A VERY LARGE MAKO IN THE SLICK. AND I GOT GEARED UP, I JUMPED
IN THE WATER TO GO FILM HER, AND IT STARTED SPARKING ONE OF
THE MOST INTERESTING REACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS I’VE EVER SEEN
FROM A MAKO SHARK. SHE WAS REALLY INTERESTED
IN MY CAMERA AND TRYING TO KEEP ME AWAY
FROM THE BOAT. A $5,000 LENS TURNED INTO
A $5 LENS REALLY QUICKLY, AND I THINK SHE BIT IT
LIKE CLOSE TO 20 TIMES WHEN WE WERE IN THE WATER. USUALLY, THESE ANIMALS
JUST SWIM BY. THIS ANIMAL WAS REALLY INTENT
ON FIGURING OUT WHAT I WAS. AND TO THIS DAY, IT’S ONE
I STILL WILL NEVER FORGET. SO, YOU MIGHT ASK,
WHY DO WE RISK OUR LIVES? IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE
TO CALL US CRAZY, AND IT’S KIND OF TRUE,
BUT CRAZY FOR SHARKS AND FOR PROTECTING THEM
FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. DOCUMENTING SHARK BEHAVIOR
HAS HELPED PASS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THINGS
LIKE MATING AND PUPPING GROUNDS. IT ALSO HELPS SCIENTISTS GATHER
IMPORTANT DATA ABOUT CHANGES IN SHARKS’ BEHAVIORS,
THEIR AGES AND SIZES, AND IT HELPS ADVANCE
OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT ARE
TRULY ELUSIVE SPECIES. BUT DESPITE THOUSANDS OF HOURS
WE SPENT UNDERWATER WORKING AND FILMING SHARKS, THERE’S STILL
SO MUCH MORE TO DISCOVER. STICK WITH US ALL SHARK WEEK
LONG, AS WE CONTINUE TO BRING YOU THE MOST
JAW-DROPPING MOMENTS IN SHARK. IN THE NEXT EPISODE
OF THE “DAILY BITE,” WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT ALL OF
THE NEWEST BREAKTHROUGHS AS SEEN ON SHARK WEEK.

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