..........................ISSUE # 17 ONLINE
............................(COVER BY PAUL SPIELVOGEL)
A quick look at what's in the new issue of SDM...
8. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
10. NIGEL MARSH'S- DOWN UNDER SERIES
Nigel's road trip to swim with whale sharks in the Phillipeans.
16. TAIL SHOTS - WALTER HEIM
How to add some variety to your shark portfolio
18. COUSTEAU'S GREAT WHITE SHARK. - Eddie Paul retells the tale of his first job working with the Cousteaus in Australia
22. PHOTO FRUSTRATIONS - PAUL SPIELVOGEL
The quest continues to finally get the perfect shot.
30. THE RED SEA - MATT NEWELL - Why visit the Red Sea? How about Threshers and oceanic whitetips. Need I say more?
34. THE SHARKS OF BEQA LAGOON - BILL FISHER - A Fijian Island, Eight shark spieces, 15 minute boat ride...BULA!
38. PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES - ANDY MURCH - On the road and on the fly, SDM shooter Andy Murch shows us why he is one the World's greatest shark photographers
40.HOLLYWOOD SHARKS - SDM talks with legendary wildlife filmmaker Jeff Kurr, to talk about his cult classic film AIRJAWS!.
46. NOTES FROM THE ROAD - with SDM's Editor Eli Martinez
|In issue 17 you got the inside scoop of what it took for Jeff Kurr to create the cult classic documentary Air Jaws. Well here is a bonus Q & A session about what it was like working with Andre Hartman, Wildman Manny Puig, and the origin of the famous Bull Shark Beach at Walker's Cay Island.
SDM; As a filmmaker who has done so many shark shows through the years, are their any favorites?
JK; I’ve had a lot of fun making all 20 of my Shark Week documentaries. Free Diving with the great white shark is probably the biggest thrill, so I would rank “Great White Shark: Uncaged” near the top because of the incredible diving, water and white shark action at Guadalupe Island, and the fact that I became very close friends with a lot of the crew and we still talk about that adventure all the time, almost 5 years later. But, “Air Jaws” still stands out for me on many levels; spending the summer in Africa, never knowing what we would see on a given day, the incredible luck of shooting 27 white sharks on a dead whale, the smell of seal island at dawn. Just a million memories that I’ll never forget.
SDM; Any hairy moments that stand out from any particular film?
JK; I think the hairiest moment happened during the filming of “Diary of a Shark Man” when shark expert Manny Puig was hand feeding a mako shark in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s probably not a good idea to try and hand feed any species of shark, but especially not a mako. Things got a little hairy when Manny ran out of fish and this 500lb shark was still hungry; he started looking at the divers like they were lunch. Makos go for the legs, and Mark Rackley, my underwater cameraman said he thought he was going to get his legs taken off if he stayed in the water 5 minutes longer.
I was not in the water at the time, but on deck we heard screaming and luckily managed to get everyone on board even though there was a ripping current and we had to drag them in.
SDM; You have worked with the legend Andre Hartman, what was that like?
JK; I first met Andre Hartman when I was shooting a white shark documentary in Gaans Bay, South Africa back in the mid 1990’s, back when there was only one or two operators taking people out to Dyer Island. He was a spear-fisherman then, and he came to the door of our cottage with a bag full of lobsters to sell. Kind of a big scary looking guy with a scraggly beard, no shoes. But, I got to talking with him and he told some pretty incredible stories about spear-fishing with white sharks on a regular basis, so we put him in the film and the rest is history. I don’t know if he was inspired by his appearance in my film, but he went on to run charters at Dyer Island and became quite a celebrity in the shark diving world.
So, it was really cool to be able to invite him out to Guadalupe Island to swim with the great white sharks for “Great White Shark: Uncaged”. He understands white shark behavior the way the “Dog Whisperer” understands why a cocker spaniel nips the mail man. I felt comfortable with him free swimming with white sharks, and he really is a pioneer.
SDM; In one of SDM's blogs, I mentioned Bull Shark Beach at Walkers Cay Island, Bahamas and the origin of who started diving this Wolrd famous dive spot - you read it and gave me the inside scoop of how Bull Shark Beach began...
I was at Walker's in 1997 shooting "Sharks of the Atlantic" with Rocky Strong. The focus of our shoot was lemon shark navigation and we were working in a nearby island's mangrove swamp with the baby lemons... Well, one day I was out shooting beauty shots on Walker's over by the airstrip and happen to notice a few shark fins slicing through the water just offshore. I put on a mask and dunked my head underwater and saw about about 10 nurse sharks and a great hammerhead.
I ran to get Rocky and he jumped in the water and we filmed the segment for the show. Rocky had never seen or heard of a great hammerhead that close to shore. I asked Gary Adkison about the spot and he said it was the sport fisherman's place to dump carcasses and the sharks had become conditioned to come over and get a free meal. I remember it was littered with trash, rebar, concrete... It was a junkyard and virtually ignored. The big deal was the "chumsicle" dive on the other side of the island.
I returned and filmed there again with Erich Ritter in 1998 (not when he had his accident)...for a film called "Sharks of the Deep Blue" and we had 10 bull sharks that we swam with and filmed for hours...even at night....I felt fairly comfortable with them, but did not get between them and their food. Unfortunately for Erich, he found out on another shoot, what can happen if a bull shark mistakes you for food.
Anyway, I'm not saying I discovered the site or anything, but we were the first to film there and after people saw it, I think Gary Adkison said, "hey I think this is something we could market to shark divers" and the rest is history... It was the easiest place I've ever found to film bull sharks and the highlight for me was feeding them by hand from shore.
I hope they get the site up and running again because I would love to film there again.
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