To counter the idea that sharks are mindless animals driven crazy by the slightest hint of blood in the water, Skylar Thomas and his company White Shark Video released a short video of Thomas cutting his wrist while being surrounded by sharks.
According to Sportdiver.com, the video was shot in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa and features Thomas surrounded by blacktip sharks when he cuts his wrist.
The point Thomas wanted to make in this video is the following: Sharks have such a strong sense of smell, not only can they smell the blood, they can also smell pretty much everything else, and there are far more interesting scents in the water than a few drops of human blood.
The inspiration for the video came to Thomas after he heard an advocate of shark culling stating that you are more likely to be bitten by a shark if you enter the water with a cut. Thomas is quoted by Grind TV as saying:
“It is quite egotistical (and fear-based) to think a shark is going to drop everything it’s doing, ignore all the other smells in the ocean, and come after us.”
White Shark Video, a film company with a focus on conservation, shot the video with the help of team members Dan Abbott and Ollie Putnam among others.
Critics of the video have then questioned whether Thomas would repeat the feat in the presence of more aggressive species of shark like Bulls, Tigers, or even Great Whites, to which Thomas replied that he would be happy to if they raised the funds for the trip!
Read the full article about Skylar Thomas here, or check out the video below.