Yes, once again, we got a tad bit testy with new videos and images surfacing of really, really, bad shark handling out of the Bahamas. This time it got picked up by Yahoo News and Grind TV.
Seriously folks, as a shark diving community we have been blessed with one of the top places on the planet to shark dive. It's called the Bahamas and it has everything we would want (and more) to conduct first rate shark diving operations there.
Including a recent declaration as a Shark Sanctuary.
As a community we get to keep diving with sharks in the Bahamas until the next diver death from a shark, or bad bite that can be traced via video or still images back to one of us, the commercial shark divers. So far as a community the last five years in the Bahamas have been a rough road and this month we saw another completely wrong video just nanoseconds away from an International shark incident.
So what's it going to be?
Are we going to continue the "fly by night," "oops it was an accident," basic BS with sharks on a commercial level? Or are we going to get smart, fast, and get some protocols that do not involve hand feeding Tigers that are turning these magnificent animals into dangerous street corner beggars?
The commercial shark diving world is only as strong as the next operator who uses the same dive site. When one of us fails, we all fail. It is time for change, it's time for a gut check, let's make this site truly one of the best on the planet and that starts with a complete review of how we all do business out there.