Top image summary: Photo by Terry Goss, copyright 2006. Taken at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, August 2006. Picture recorded with Nikon D70s in Ikelite housing, in natural light. Animal estimated at 11-12 feet (3.3 to 3.6 m) in length.
Years before the JAWS books and movies, before Blue Water White Death the supreme ocean predator was a subject spoken only between ocean professionals and some experienced skin divers.
In this era the media avoided information relating to the differences in sharks as it was considered ‘too technical’ for the public.
The difference between Grey Nurse sharks and Bronze Whalers was still ‘high tech’ and complicated for average readers.
A better understanding began when the first quality film frames showing a young snapping white pointer were printed into still pictures.
These shots later inspired a better understanding between the shark species. One of the frames became a movie poster for Blue Water White Death (1971).
This in turn was to inspire the JAWS books and movies – which were to do more harm than good (for many years) by presenting the Great White shark as a super species with power and ferocity to a silly excess.
This worried poorly informed people even when they were taking a shallow water swim.
The Jaws movie also encouraged a demand for shark teeth and souvenir jaws that worried some fishermen.
Prices rose alarmingly and some people believed this threatened species, especially from 1975.
How did all the big budget popular books, encyclopaedia’s, and all marine fishing publications not report the ‘jumping white pointer shark’ phenomenon? Is this a newly learned skill by the shark? I think so, but await being corrected.
It’s well documented with amazing video and pictures but why was this being missed and not even spoken of?
Blue Pointer sharks (aka Mako) jump high when hooked. These are identical in shape to the White Pointer shark but the key difference is the shape of teeth (pointed) and their body color (blue on top, white underneath).
We knew nothing of the now common air borne attacks on seals. How could fishermen have missed seeing and reporting this in the past if it were occurring? Maybe it’s a newly learned skill?
BLUE POINTER SHARK NEWS PICTURES
TWO WHITE POINTERS ATTACK ABALONE DIVER
17 February 2011 Australian TV News