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Diving with Sharks NO Cage!? - Oahu Hawaii

Diving with Sharks NO Cage!? – Oahu Hawaii

(dramatic music) (waves crashing) (birds squawking) (skateboards rolling) – We’ve been here in Oahu for probably five days and this was supposed to be a personal trip. I wasn’t gonna film anything but then I heard back from somebody that I DM’d on Instagram to go and experience the shark diving here in Oahu.

We’re just going to enjoy our acai bowl and then it’s time to check off one of my next bucket list items. I’m so excited. (vehicle starting) (upbeat music) Right now we are in a northern coastal town by the name of Haleiwa, and Haleiwa is definitely one of the most stereotypical Hawaiian towns.

You’ve got the surf scene. You’ve got all of the acai bowls that you could ever want, and this also where we’re gonna be taking off from today to begin our shark expedition. We’re meeting with Juan, and he gave us a bit of a warning to get some Dramamine because the waves today are apparently gonna be pretty strong.

It’s a little bit windy, and for somebody like Katy (Katy laughing) motion sickness is real. – [Katy] It is.

– So let’s see how it goes. If you guys watch my Lofoten video, seeing the midnight sun was one of my bucket list items, and today, I get to cross off another one, assuming we make it back. – Is being with a Latina on your bucket list? – Yeah but I crossed that off already. (dramatic music) (birds squawking) All right, we’ve just signed our liability forms, and we’ve given permission for whatever’s gonna happen to happen.

As we now embark on our journey- – Do we have to do that? I’m just kidding. He’s nice. (Christian chuckles) – We are on Aloha Kai. This is Juan and this is Ocean, and today they’re gonna be taking us out to sea.

Sharks that are up to- – [Ocean] Up to 12 feet in length unless we’re extra lucky – Oh my gosh. – and we get to see a tiger shark. Those guys can get up to 16 foot in length. (Christian laughing) [Christian] So first, a bit about who these shark whisperers are. Ocean and Juan are free divers, professional bad asses, and, first and foremost, marine conservationists.

For years, they’ve been spreading the message that we can coexist with these apex predators and they are not what we have seen in “Jaws.” From my talk with them, I could see their main goal in life was to correct this misunderstanding that most of us have.

While many people think of sharks as the predators of the ocean, the reality is the predators are us. Nearly 70 to 100 million sharks are killed every single year.

And at that rate the shark population is soon to be depleted.

From commercial fishing to trophy hunting, these practices are hurting the population, but the biggest culprit is the Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup. A barbaric culinary practice that will soon kill the shark if this message doesn’t spread quick. Ocean and Juan explained that sharks are fundamental parts of the ocean.

Basically, think of them as the ocean’s immune system, keeping the other fish populations in check and making sure things stay healthy and balanced. I could go on forever about their work, but the truth is we’re here to see what it’s like to swim with these predators.

So let’s get back to that. (boat motor roaring) (passengers talking) The rain’s pelting my face so it’s hard to see right now.

(passengers talking) – You guys aren’t allergic to water, right? – Not since I last checked. Three miles off of Haleiwa and we have now arrived in the middle of the ocean here.

We’re on a little shelf where typically you’ll find lots of sharks patrolling, looking for their food for the day. You can see two silhouettes right there. Already Juan has gone down and seen about eight sharks, so we’re gonna put on our fins- – Eight already? – He’s not allowed to go in the water ’cause unfortunately the sharks do see him as a snack. We’re making our bucket list happen here today.

I’m so excited! Well, it’s my bucket list. I don’t know if this is on yours. – I’m just following you. (laughing) – The winds are strong.

The waves are a little bit big, but it’s time to go in. How do you feel right now? – My heart is beating so hard. – [Christian] You’ll be comfortable as soon as you get in. – Oh my God.

I swallowed water already. (laughing) Oh my God. – [Ocean] Hold on. – [Christian] All good? – Oh, just lovely.

– All right, Sharky, wish me luck, my friend? See you in a few minutes. So we have 40 minutes here to basically hang out with all sorts of different kinds of sharks, and Katy’s already seeing them immediately after getting in, so it’s my turn to go and experience them first hand and check this off my bucket list.

Where are you going, Katy? – They are too close.

(laughing) They are really close. – [Ocean] Go back in with him for just a minute. – You’ll be okay, babe. – [Ocean] Yeah. – They’re just here.

I need a break. – (mumbles) wanna come back in. – [Ocean] Remember the safety rules that we covered? The first most important one is what? – Eye contact.

– [Ocean] Eye contact. They come too close, what do you do? – Make them go away with my fins. – [Ocean] Put your fins out towards them and slowly back away. – We’re in the water with the predators.

Hopefully today we can brush up against one. (dramatic flute music) ♪ (singing in a foreign language) ♪ ♪ (singing in a foreign language) ♪ ♪ (singing in a foreign language) ♪ (dramatic flute music) (dramatic techno music) – That was so awesome. Guys, the sharks, yeah, like- – Thank you. – They survived.

– He’s amazing.

– Juan got the most amazing shots. I’m excited to see it. And you’re in there every single day with these things. – Every day. Yeah.

(mumbles) – And have you ever had any close encounters? – I’ve had a lot of close encounters, but as far as a negative interaction, not really. It’s been like 20 years. I maybe had like two where a shark’s actually bit my camera but other than that though, they’re very peaceful, mellow, amazing animals. – [Katy] Yeah, they really didn’t care about us.

– I can’t speak for you, but I never felt in danger in there. – Yeah. – Like they were just mellow for the most part. Curious. – I just feel intimidated because it was my first time seeing a shark and I was in their territory, so.

.. (passengers speaking) – [Christian] Oh, wow. Oh my gosh. What?

Oh my gosh. – It’s a special thing out here. – Do they do that every time you leave? – Almost every time.

That was actually exceptional right there to have that many come up at that exact moment was really cool.

– We really wanna push conservation education. At about an average of 5-10 fatalities a year, worldwide. That’s a really low number when you think about how many people are in the water every single day, right? Dogs kill more people. Hippopotamuses kill more people.

Lightning strikes, vending machines.

Like, they just get that demonized reputation mostly from the media, right? “Jaws.” – We are back ashore, and guys, you definitely need to experience this for yourself. It’s nothing like you’ve ever done before.

You need to get in the water with sharks. You guys are so amazing, and the cause behind all this is even more incredible than the experience itself. One Ocean Diving, thank you so much, guys. – [Christian] And what’s Sharky gonna do now? – What is Sharky gonna do?

He gets about seven naps a day.

I think he got at least three on the boat today, so he’s got four more. – Mahalo nui loa, muchas gracias for speaking up for sharks and helping to protect them. Aloha. – [Katy] Amazing.

– We need sharks for a healthy ocean. That was freaking awesome. I loved it so, so much. 23,000 sharks died during our two hour excursion today. – So just think, one hour 11.

5 thousand sharks are being killed. It’s crazy. – One of the things we learned today about sharks is that actually their strongest sense is their hearing. And so one of the things that typically gets their attention is splashing on the surface. It makes them think that there’s, like, an injured bird or some form of prey waiting to be eaten.

– [Katy] Or like a seal. – Exactly. Now today, when Katy and I were getting our couple goal shot, we were basically mimicking an injured seagull because we were, like- It was probably you. – Wha– – Splashing to try to get below the surface. And when Katy and I were going under, we caused that splashing and all of the sharks, like I mean like eight or nine of them, all came up to the surface.

– Even though if you feel uncomfortable, I would totally recommend that you go there because they will take care of you like you are their baby. – [Christian] Yeah. – I feel very safe all the time, and you want to help with this cause, you don’t have to impose fees to people, you don’t need to spend money. I think the best way you can help is just sharing and educating people. So share this video.

I’m sure it’s going to help a lot. – And don’t eat shark fin soup. – Don’t. (bright ukulele music) – [Christian] Proud owner of– – My new baby. – Your second uke.

– I need to put it a name.

I need to name it. – We’re going through the list of stereotypical things to do in Hawaii. We bought a ukulele, but now it’s time to eat a poke bowl. If you’ve never had this before then, well, first of all, you’re missing out on life.

This one right here is an ahi bowl with a bit of wasabi, a bit of soy sauce, and even a bit of tempura. – [Christian] Is it good? – It’s really good. – Somewhere hidden in this bowl is wasabi, Katy’s worst nightmare. (uplifting music) And boom.

We are back on the main side of Oahu. This right here is Waikiki, the most developed side of the entire island and, by far, the busiest. But it’s actually got a real nice peaceful side to it, as busy as it is.

A lot of the big hotels are all along the main strip here, but the amazing thing is you just walk out here and it’s completely free to just hang out here on the beach. Just show up as you are.

Bring your own seats if you wanna have one and relax. And this such a beautiful place.

(paper rustling) (drawer scraping) I’ve lost the bucket list. But fear not because we have a fresh, new notepad. It is now time to cross off the next item on the bucket list.

Now we need a pen. (drawer slamming) And that is it, guys. I hope you enjoyed today’s video. If you did absolutely smash that Like button, ground pound that Subscribe button, and let’s get lost again in the next one..

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