White Sharks Outside the Cage

2001 ,    »  -   7 Comments
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White Sharks Outside the Cage

The darkest depths of the sea hold a secret. Shrouded in mystery and fear, beyond the protection of the cage lurks a leviathan, rarely seen and studied only at great peril. Scientists struggle to unravel its secrets but most of the time it has remained beyond their reach. To reveal the truth behind this master of the sea will require unconventional research and an unconventional researcher - someone willing to venture beyond the limits of conventional science, to meet white sharks outside the cage.

Cold currents from the deep South Atlantic surge towards the coast of South Africa carrying nutrient-rich-water that supports a profusion of marine life. A small island to the south, the Dyer Island, is the home of one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. Attracted by the rich waters these seals live and breed on the windswept island supporting in turn the largest populations of great white sharks in the world. The green channel that runs between the islands is their hunting ground. It is known as Shark Alley.

Scientists flock to this white shark headquarters but there is one researcher who stands out from the rest. In his quest to uncover the secret world of these primal predators he challenges the Hollywood image of sharks as merciless killers. His name is Mark Marks. Mark is on a mission to use his scientific skills, both conventional and unconventional, to reveal the true nature of the white shark.

Marks his research in the traditional way, observing what he could from the safety of a shark cage and a small boat. However he soon became frustrated with being able to see only small fraction of the white shark's behavior in the murky water. He knew that he would have to get closer to his subjects... much closer. He recalled an early encounter with white sharks. He was still at school and had gone diving with some friends off the coast of California.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. User_001

    I tend to judge my "experts" on who is wearing the coolest shirt. The dude at 31:00 wins by a long pointed nose!

  2. Fabien L'Amour

    Nice, it's a shark version of the well known wolf shirt! :)

  3. bringmeredwine

    This man is still alive, much to my surprise.
    This was an interesting doc and certainly kept my attention.
    I couldn't believe my eyes when Mark would follow the sharks around with his scooter or flash that gape board at them, to get a reaction!
    I'm glad there's researchers like him that are helping to protect sharks but I don't know how he's avoided injury thus far.
    You couldn't even get a scaredy chicken like me into a cage or onto a nearby boat!

  4. Guest

    Don't waste your time. The producer's shtick is that by leaving the protection of a cage he can "study" the behavior of great white sharks more accurately. But all his "study" entails is third-party footage of the subject and the shark in the same frame. We watch the subject try to provoke the sharks, but they are as bored with him as we are.

    Watch the first five minutes and you've seen the whole thing. Complete with laugh-out-loud narration, this bit of tripe won't last long. Not even on the free video sites.

  5. Da Silva

    IN most cases in my free diving experience whites are very predictable. One must be attuned to their intentional behavior, that by it self will divulge if you're in tune, with the fish's behavior. It is al about natural behavior! You can almost ride it! With respect!!! got it!!!


    Been diving in S.A b4, but Never with Great Whites. I'm Sooo Fecking Jealous. Keep up the Good Work.

  7. Michel Polnicky

    This is crazy it takes one bite and your world will never be the same just take a look at what happen to Timothy Treadwell he died from a grizzly attack after spending many summers with them and his girlfriend died with him it was her first time out.
    This guy doesn't even wear a proper suit or at least one that can discharge electricity it has been proven that with such a device the shark will leave.
    Think it's not illegal...yet

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