Eleuthera #3: The Sharks
Our initial intension for the trip to Eleuthera was shooting a ‘Short-Film’ about the sharks and the invasive lionfish. The lionfish was introduced into the caribbean by accident. They have no natural predator and reproduce in large numbers. Scientists recommend to take the lionsfish out to stop them damaging the local ecosystems. Lionfish are actually a very tasty fish to eat … for humans and sharks. So it’s just fair to give the sharks their share after spearing the lionfish, which is unavoidable anyway and will also be a very important part of our ‘Short-Movie’ project. Sounds easy but isn’t. We have to coordinatet six cameras, 6 divers and a whole bunch of sharks at the same time. During the course of two weeks we got pretty good with the whole procedure and had great fun with the sharks. We realized that each shark has it’s own personality.
The upcoming ‘Short-Movie’ will be called ‘Shark & Lion’. Watch out for the next episode about shooting the over water parts… and the movie itself coming after that.
The whole story of our trip to Eleuthera comes in four parts. This is part #2 focusing on the diving in general. Have fun and watch out for part #4: ‘The Making of’
Special thanks to Janice and Al Curry from Ocean Fox.
"If you see a shark while diving, it is most certainly already the beginning of an interaction. The sharks doesn't show up just coincidently... they are 50% shy and 50% curious at the same time, approaching slowly to check you out. And if you stay calm they might come close enough for you to clearly see the eyes, which is a special moment. Realizing that the shark actually looks at you, generates a connection that keeps the shark coming back over and over again." - Flo