TheMexico is making a comeback to protect the environment. The population of the species has dropped by more than 5% somewhere, but not far from the coast of Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, where people pay thousands of dollars to dive with them.
“We’re one of the oldest, most incredible hotspots for the great white shark anywhere on the planet,” said Andy Casagrande, an Emmy-winning filmmaker best known for his work on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
Cassagrand also led the marine wildlife conservation campaign protected by the Mexican government. The great white sharks of the generation have been feeding there for millions of years.
“There is everything they want to eat here on earth: dolphins, seals, turtles, tuna, cage divers – just kidding,” Casagrande told CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti.
Cage diving allows people to see the sharks “up close and personal”
“The nice thing here is that you get insight into just a few of their behaviors, how they interact, their classification within size groups and how they interact with their victims.” “Visibility gives you the chance to see some amazing things that you will never see anywhere else.”
However, only the beginning of the thrill. While expressing strange wonders over the top peaks of the ocean, Casagrande is collecting field data to share with scientists.
Casagrande calls himself a “cinematographer.” Explaining why, he said, “Cinema science came up with the idea … it used cinematography, edge technology to help illustrate and perpetuate science and conservation.”
“It basically makes science matter to the public,” he adds.
Marine conservationist Michael Scholl has said that the best weapon for him to fight the war is what he feels is an unfair cultural stereotype.
“Obviously it’s the shark that goes into everyone’s head, the moment you mention the shark, ‘Jaws to sharks,'” says Scholl. “Sharks aren’t the monsters that made them … it’s probably the smallest death to humans. One of the reasons. “
Asked about the response of critics of cage diving, who say that it is not natural for sharks to be around humans, Casagrande said, “Eco-tourism is often shaken by skeptics who say, well, you are jumping on these animals, these wild animals, you are theirs. Should not be fed … The reality is, if these eco-tourism boats would not be out here, They are hunters and fishermen and their khaoyato harvesters white shark. “
He says that eco-tourism is also “the way in which this region has secured the eco-tourism has big meaning”.
Cage diving can also change people’s minds about sharks, Scholl said.
“You see this beauty, you see this compassionate,” she said. “It’s a huge lesson to find out what people basically see sharks” “Then when people share their experiences with their friends, there is” a snowball effect of sorts “in changing attitudes, Scholl said.
That’s what Florida elementary school teacher Lauren Chesrown is hoping for.
“It was like a final opportunity for my students to bring science into the real world,” he said.
She shared her positive experiences with her students, teaching them that sharks do not want to hurt people and that the health of the planet’s seas depends on them.