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November 30, 2012 7:02 PM   Subscribe

He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye contact with the shark and hold ones ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver.

Daniel Botelho, 31, a deep-sea photographer from Brazil, has logged 24 hours diving out of a cage with great whites and insists that he has never been bitten.

He recently became the focus of large and ferocious mako shark.... While diving as part of a white shark tagging effort for the Fox Shark Research Foundation, the vessel was greeted boldly by a large female mako shark, which would circle for two hours, feeding on parts of tuna thrown over as chum.

Daniel Botelho's website.
posted by KokuRyu (40 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Paging Timothy Treadwell...

But seriously, these pictures are beyond stunning. I just wish it weren't so clearly the case that he'll eventually die doing this.
posted by docpops at 7:24 PM on November 30, 2012 [12 favorites]


I'd soil myself.
posted by jsavimbi at 7:28 PM on November 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


The safety dive
The safety dive
Doin' it from mako to mako

posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:33 PM on November 30, 2012


Well, I used to enjoy sleeping but now it seems I'm never going to do it again.
posted by Cyrano at 7:44 PM on November 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


HasDanielBotelhoBeenEatenBySharksYet.com is available!
posted by fullerine at 7:49 PM on November 30, 2012 [6 favorites]


He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye contact with the shark and hold ones ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver

That sounds a lot like one of those rules that works until it doesn't.
posted by unSane at 7:50 PM on November 30, 2012 [42 favorites]


They only bite if you touch their private parts.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:53 PM on November 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


That is the cutest picture involving a Great White Shark I've ever seen. Fish are friends, not food!
posted by JHarris at 7:57 PM on November 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


(I hope that we won't be watching a Werner Herzog documentary about this guy in a few years.)
posted by JHarris at 7:59 PM on November 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fox Shark Research Foundation is an unfortunate choice of names if you wish to be taken seriously; being from Rupert Murdoch's home country/continent doesn't help.

Those pictures are amazing, but it seems like his website risks meeting the same fate as fellow risky diver Dave Shaw's website, eerily abandoned in cyberspace.
posted by TedW at 8:09 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Do we really think the shark knows the rules to chicken?
posted by arcticseal at 8:18 PM on November 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just wish it weren't so clearly the case that he'll eventually die doing this.
posted by docpops


Yeah, wasn't there a scuba diving couple that were shown on TV doing things like petting moray eels without any problems, until...

As a toddler, my little sister refused to believe bees could sting, and caught them in her hands, until...
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:26 PM on November 30, 2012


I'd soil myself.

Oh, go change your armour.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:26 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


"When I saw the shark I couldn't get in the water fast enough to get some pictures."

Wow.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:44 PM on November 30, 2012


I love how in the first link it looks as though the woman is shaking hands with the shark.
posted by synecdoche at 8:47 PM on November 30, 2012


Pleased ta eatcha!....err, meetcha!
posted by Existential Dread at 8:50 PM on November 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


But seriously, these pictures are beyond stunning. I just wish it weren't so clearly the case that he'll eventually die doing this.

The Tiger shark photos are kind of scary.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:54 PM on November 30, 2012


You call that a shark? This is a shark!

(It's all I could hear as soon as the aussie accent was detected)
posted by srboisvert at 8:58 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


the secret to not getting eaten by sharks is to not be afraid of nature's perfect killing machine and never flinch? sounds EASY, LET'S DO THIS
posted by gorestainedrunes at 9:07 PM on November 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


Little confused ... the guy interviewed in the news clip is an Australian named Sam Cahir
posted by mannequito at 9:29 PM on November 30, 2012


NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT. NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT.
posted by Splunge at 9:40 PM on November 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fox Shark Research Foundation is an unfortunate choice of names if you wish to be taken seriously; being from Rupert Murdoch's home country/continent doesn't help.

Tedw, it's not that Fox. It's this Fox. The one who got almost, but not quite, bitten in half by a Great White, 49 years ago. He got better.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 9:43 PM on November 30, 2012


Little confused ... the guy interviewed in the news clip is an Australian named Sam Cahir

Never let the sharks know your real name. Those bastards will come looking for you.
posted by yoink at 10:24 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Great Whites look like the Geocities websites of the animal kingdom.
posted by 3FLryan at 10:50 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Little confused ... the guy interviewed in the news clip is an Australian named Sam Cahir

And he was in a cage. Amazing photos though, as are Botelho's.
posted by Elmore at 12:17 AM on December 1, 2012


Great Whites look like the Geocities websites of the animal kingdom.

I dunno. They seem like fantastic design to me; brilliantly streamlined, massively muscled and with rows of razor sharp teeth that are continually replaced.

Seems to be only humans and killer whales that can kill them.
posted by dazed_one at 12:37 AM on December 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


I guess I was asking what Cahir has to do with Botehlo. The post gave me the impression that story was about him.
posted by mannequito at 1:25 AM on December 1, 2012


I guess I was asking what Cahir has to do with Botehlo. The post gave me the impression that story was about him.

Whoops, sorry, I probably didn't read the link you are referring to as carefully as I should have. I tend to try to include a little extra content in my posts, so maybe I grabbed the wrong thing.

Anyway, Cahir's shot of the mako is awesome, as is Botehlo's website.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:28 AM on December 1, 2012


I believe Cahir and Botehlo both work with Barcroft Media. Initially, when I saw the photos in the Telegraph and was trying to find out where they came from, I Google "Botehlo + Barcroft" for example, so I guess I saw some amazing Mako shark photos in an actually article and thought it was the same person.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:32 AM on December 1, 2012


ah, cool. I just re-read the article a few times wondering if I was missing something, like maybe Botehlo was in the water photographing Cahir as he was circled by the shark. but that explains it.
posted by mannequito at 1:35 AM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tedw, it's not that Fox. It's this Fox.

Yeah, I figured that out, but the name still makes for a bad first impression.
posted by TedW at 3:09 AM on December 1, 2012


Christ, what an appetizer.

Seriously, do people like these have no sense of peril or survival instinct? Have they had their amygdalas removed? When I clicked that "hold one's ground" link, it took an intense act of will for me not to immediately sprint across the room in gibbering terror and try to wedge myself under the couch.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:13 AM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder how "intelligent" Great whites are, or how much self-awareness. My assumption is that they're actually quite a lot more cognitively sophisticated than other species of shark, so they're not particularly interested in hurting people. The problem is, if they are curious I've read they tend to test things out with their teeth, which apparently serve as sensory organs.
posted by KokuRyu at 6:17 AM on December 1, 2012


"I feel humbled to have witnessed such a display of nature's quirkiness."

The use of "quirkiness" is what got me. Like these giant, speedy predators whose species are known for attacking other human beings are just kinda silly. I wonder if he was bubbling out through his scuba mask, "Whose a weird liddle sharkie? Who? Is it you? I think it's yooouuuu," as the shark bit his camera.
posted by vytae at 9:10 AM on December 1, 2012


My god. It's a giant tube of flesh-eating flesh.
posted by deo rei at 9:53 AM on December 1, 2012


"When I saw the shark I couldn't get in the water fast enough to get some pictures."

This is the sort of behavior that evolution tends to correct for.
posted by elizardbits at 10:06 AM on December 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Whenever there's a Shark discussion on the internets, I always put in a word for Rob Stewart's Sharkwater.

Watch this if you haven't seen it. It makes you feel sorry for Sharks.
posted by ovvl at 11:22 AM on December 1, 2012


That trailer is so misleading, everyone knows that Dick Cheney is the world's top predator.
posted by elizardbits at 12:34 PM on December 1, 2012


It makes you feel sorry for Sharks.

Although they are plenty scary, sharks are important. Although he hasn't been too active, this mefite can tell you why sharks matter.
posted by TedW at 7:32 PM on December 1, 2012


"So tell us, Sam, weren't you worried the shark would bite you instead of the camera?"

"Well, oy don't think there's much to worry about, Diane. Sharks have a worse reputation that they really deserve, and in any case oy'd just have 'eadbutted im and then bludgeoned im to death with me steel testicles, so no harm done. Ee was more scared of me than I was of im, really."
posted by wolfdreams01 at 11:42 PM on December 1, 2012


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