There was a time when I was impressed by cage diving with sharks. Then I was impressed by shark riding. Now it is all about putting a shark into a catatonic state as this video (longer version here) shows:
That might be the most amazing piece of shark footage I have ever seen. Who knew that you could do that to a Caribbean reef shark?
This is from the show Sharkman, part of Discovery Channel's 20th Anniversary Shark Week (20 years!?! Man, I feel old).
The Sharkman was also able to put a large tiger shark into tonic, which was astonishing. He was in the water with multiple man eating tiger sharks, a few that appeared to be over 10 feet long and weigh over 500 lbs, with just standard scuba gear (no cage, no protective chain armor). He grabbed on to one, put it into tonic, and held on to it as it peacefully drifted down 50 feet.
He tried with great whites and got close, but never pulled it off completely. For the climax to the show he held on to the dorsal fin of a great white and rode it for something like 500 feet. The announcer said that was even better than tonic, but that is total BS for we all know that shark riding is now passe and putting sharks into tonic is the new hotness. I am crossing my fingers that he actually was able to make it happen with the great white, but they held on to the footage to make a sequel for next year's Shark Week to be called "G. White and the Tonic".
Move over Chris Fallows, Michael Rutzen you are my new hero.