Primitive spearfishing while freediving is really the only way it should be done - and the most challenging is with a Hawaiian sling. Last September, Mike Portuondo and I spent Labor Day weekend in the Bahamas to best capture the essence of spearfishing with the sling. And of course there were a lot of sharks as well - basically on every dive. Below is the video...
We have come to expect more from Stuart Cove's - particularly when it comes to shark encounters and the handling of the animals...or maybe not. The video titled "Hammerhead shark tries to attack diver" shows a Stuart Cove's shark wrangler clearly teasing and antagonizing a Great Hammerhead with a piece of fish. He goes on to give the guests a "show" by grabbing on to the shark's head multiple times further exciting her with the fish. Circus and rodeo come to mind...
Whatever happened to keeping things simple.
And while no one was hurt - once again the shark is made to look like the villain, just one example - the video is featured on Yahoo with the following description:
"A dramatic video has emerged of a hammerhead shark trying to attack a diver in the Bahamas. In the footage, captured during a scuba diving trip in the Bimini Atoll in late January, the shark can be seen circling a diver before lunging forwards several times. Fortunately, the experienced diver was able to push the shark away and survived the experience without any injuries."
The description is completely laughable as is the "experienced" diver.
Stuart Cove's has been quick to criticize other dive operators for not adhering to high standards - it's time they look at their own.
Came across a Wired article about freediving yesterday that features the photography of Logan Mock-Bunting. Logan was in the Bahamas late last year to document the 2014 Vertical Blue freediving competition. He captured the ups and downs (literally and figuratively) of the participants - from the celebrations to the black outs.
Be sure to check out his work at www.loganmb.com.