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Gimme A Hug

Gimme A Hug is a documentary from the Protect the Sharks Foundation.
Sharks are one of the most important top-predators in our oceans and there is still a lot we don’t understand, or even know, about this fascinating animal.

This short documentary shows one of the most mysterious phenomena in the animal world; amazing animals, showing a totally different behaviour then most people would expect.

The DVD is available for purchase with subtitles available in several languages. See the trailer at the Protect the Sharks Foundation website. Link -via the Presurfer

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@ Most of you...
I think the purpose of this video is being misunderstood, just like the animal that it’s discussing. It is not taming some predator to show how "docile" it is. It’s just pointing out that there is a less than expected behavior from an animal that has a very very bad reputation that it does not deserve. That’s all there is to it. Sure, he is exploiting a biological mechanism to do so, but it’s not saying that sharks are safe; it’s just saying that they are misunderstood. Once people care about something or find it interesting, then you can reach out and educate them even more. It’s the fundamentals of conservation education.
But no, they don’t just show up and eat people. It’s usually out of pure curiosity or defense, not hunger that they bite.
My favorite example of this is how divers think that turning a shark upside down automatically makes them pass out... this doesn’t always work out so well. But really, whose fault was it? The diver or the shark?
http://www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=32785901461
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@whysharksmatter: I was wondering how you concluded that the risk of a shark-attack is "incredibly low". Went to your website and your analysis goes thus:

"In an average year, over 650,000 Americans die as a result of heart disease, giving me a 1 in 5 chance of dying of heart disease in my lifetime. In an average year, over 550,000 Americans die from cancer, giving me a 1 in 7 chance of dying from cancer in my lifetime. In an average year, over 40,000 Americans die in car accidents, giving me a 1 in 84 chance of dying in a car accident in my lifetime. In an average year, 1 American dies from a shark attack, giving me a 1 in 3,748,067 chance of dying from a shark attack in my lifetime."

Do you see the leap of logic here? How many of these americans a) had a heart b) were immune to cancer c) drove a car?

Now, how many Americans actually spend a significant amount of time in shark-infested waters?

-H
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I AM a shark expert, and I don't recommend petting sharks. While the risk of a shark attack is incredibly low, these are wild animals and shouldn't be pestered.

http://southernfriedscience.com/2009/05/10/four-things-everyone-needs-to-know-about-sharks/
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Some thoughts:
I'm no shark expert, but I do happen to know that gray nurse sharks look pretty scary, but are actually quite harmless, while great whites, well... I suspect these sharks were the former.

Also I strongly suspect there was something seriously wrong with the shark in the vid. Don't sharks need to keep moving to breath? Just perhaps that individual had a parasite in its head that had eaten most if its brain away!
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