This is a closeup photo taken by photographer Amanda Brewer of a great white shark trying to attack a piece of bait in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Apparently the photo has caught some flak due to the fact it looks like somebody is pulling the bait towards the cage to make the shark attack. Allegedly that's not the case though. ALLEGEDLY.
Ricardo Lacombe posted on the White Shark Interest Group Facebook page: "Bait usage is fine in my book as an attractant, but dragging it at the cage like this is asking for trouble for the shark. So disappointed this shot is getting so much coverage ... but a chance to try and educate people I guess."
Responding to the criticism, Brewer told Grind TV that White Shark Africa [the eco-tourism company Brewer worked for] never pulls bait into or even directly toward cages.
The person was pulling the bait around and out of the way of the cage [to Brewer's right] so that shark wouldn't go near the cage at all," she said. "That's one thing that we learned right off the bat, is that you never want the shark to make contact with the cage."
Whew, so they weren't actually pulling the bait to get the shark to attack the cage. That's a relief. Because if that were the case, well, people are even stupider than I imagined. If I'm in a shark cage and see somebody pulling a piece of bait toward us to get a shark to attack I better wake up BECAUSE WHAT THE F*** WOULD I BE DOING IN A SHARK CAGE IN REAL LIFE?
Thanks to Luc, who heard the key to preventing a shark attack is one well-placed punch to the nose. *eyeballing picture* Right, good luck with that.