On our trip to Isla Mujeres we were spoiled with encounters stacked with whale sharks and oceanic manta rays.
It was simply mind-blowing and too much for words.
Andy Murch and Solo Buceo (Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann) led us to the heart of the congregation.
I tried to capture our experience in this 5 minutes film but it was very difficult to select in the clips as I shot many many more jaw-dropping clips.
Shot "in the middle of the ocean" on the Epic in 5K HD.
WANT TO HELP SHARKS? .... Send your letter to the Australian government before October 21st telling them you want to stop sharks being taken legally from INSIDE the Great barrier Reef marine park and world heritage area... 600 tonnes of shark is taken each year by professional fishermen with licences, LEGALLY. info and the letter at elements5.blogspot.com/p/letter-to-government.html
THIS IS IT.... have your say, your reaction is their only hope.
a film by Madison Stewart. the title reads 'in omnia paratus' which means, 'ready for anything' we as shark conservationists, are ready for anything to protect the ones we love. 17 years old... I have logged more than 450 dives, most of these were with the sharks in the ‘dangerous to humans' classification, because in this world, it is the humans we need to fear. As soon as I found my home in this world, it was taken from me. My sharks are disappearing from underneath me and my world is falling as a result. Why do you fear sharks? I grew up with them, I love them, I would fight to protect them, they are not the mindless killers you were told they are... they kill 5 humans a year on average, we kill 100 MILLION sharks every year. I am a young Australia who is home on the Great Barrier Reef, and now shark fishing has become a legal occurrence inside the GBR, Australia exports the fins, and keeps the body, so they get away with it. They are removing 600 tonnes of sharks (about 75,000 sharks) from inside the GBR marine park and World Heritage area, and exports the fins to be used in the Asian delicacy, 'shark fin soup', I and others have seen them disappear from places I could always dive with them, in my lifetime! I shot all the footage in this film throughout the worlds oceans (aside form the shark finning which is from 'SHARKWATER'), I left school to dive with sharks, and fight in the war to save them through the footage I obtain. I filmed this from age 14 to 17... maybe I will see the end of sharks in my lifetime? But no matter what, I will be fighting for them every day until then… nothing will stop us from fighting for the ones we love. I am loosing my sharks, fast, I am scared of their disappearance not their presence, and we are fighting the fear of sharks humans have, but we cannot loose, sharks are too important to our oceans health, and have been controlling it for 400 MILLION YEARS, in the last 100, we have killed 90% of the sharks in the oceans… So I ask you eat man... or fear man? The tonic immobility in this film is the best display of the connection we can have with sharks, and we often use it for research and to remove hooks from their mouths so it does not hurt the shark. I try to let my passion for this world overflow in my films, I hope you enjoy it and it leaves you with a different view… Do not fear what you have never seen! :)
"Through My Eyes" is a compilation of my best moments and encounters in the eastern pacific ocean in the past 12 months. Incredible moments full of joy and emotions which I will never forget.
Special thanks to the SolmarV team who supported me greatly throughout that period of time!
All footage was obtained at Seacrest Park Cove Two. There is much to learn about these wonderful, inquisitive, and amazing animals. The Seattle Aquarium provides a wealth of information about them at the aquarium and via their online presence.
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For the record: All filmed human-octopus interactions began when the diver carefully placed an attractive object near the animal. The GPO initiated actual contact in all cases. Always be vigilant and cautious when in close proximity with a wild animal. :)