The Daily Reel: May 1, 2012

  • iStock 000000081278Medium5 300x300 The Daily ReelShark Surfing Videographer Defends His Actions
  • Taiji to Create Whale and Dolphin Tourist Experience in Killing Cove
  • “Lava Man” Diver Uses Only Hands and a Fishing Hook to Sculpt Underwater Lava


Shark Surfing Videographer Defends His Actions

A shocking video that went viral of a young man “surfing” a thresher shark that was being towed behind a boat has prompted the men behind the video to speak out in their defense, saying their actions were misrepresented by the video. The man who appeared in the video riding the shark declined to comment, noting only that he was deeply embarrassed and did not know the video was going to be published online. The man who shot the video also expressed shame and regret, while admitting that he did not ask his friend’s permission to post the video to his Facebook page. The owner of the boat, identified as 23-year-old Zane Wright, claimed responsibility for the incident as the boat belonged to him, but attempted to offer an explanation as to the events. He claims the three friends were out fishing for swordfish in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty when they hooked what they thought was a swordfish. The revelation that it was actually a thresher shark came only after they discovered the animal had been hooked in the tail and subsequently drowned before they were able to identify it. The men towed it in to the harbor, where it remained tied to the boat until the next day, at which point they weighed it and towed it back out to sea, to “feed it to the food chain.” It was during the course of that action that the distasteful video was made, in the height of celebration between a few friends. Wright insists that he is in favor of shark conservation, and would normally have released the shark upon its capture. The video has since been deleted from Facebook.

Taiji to Create Whale and Dolphin Tourist Experience in Killing Cove

Taiji, the small Japanese village that has reached infamy due to the documentary The Cove, which depicts the annual herding and brutal killing of dolphins, has announced that an attraction that houses dolphins and small whales will be implemented in the killing cove within the next five years. Tourists will be allowed to kayak and swim around with the cetaceans in an area of the cove that will be sanctioned off by a net. Dolphins and small whales that are caught near the town will be released into the enclosure rather than slaughtered, while further investigation will be conducted to determine the possibility of housing larger whale species. The area surrounding the cove will be developed into a park with mudflats and beaches, and will be used for ecological and cetacean research. The proposal is part of a larger plan to make the entire town a natural museum, educating people not only on the history of whales, but on the culture and tradition of whaling as well.

“Lava Man” Diver Uses Only Hands and a Fishing Hook to Sculpt Underwater Lava

In what is sure to be at the top of Guinness’ records for gigantic cajones or outright foolishness, a Hawaiian diver has taken to sculpting flowing lava with nothing more than welding gloves and a large fishing hook. Danger is present at all times during the process, with molten rock temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius and the possibility of instantaneous death, should part of the lava shelf break free and fall on him. Death could also come more slowly if the falling shelf sucks him into its path to the depths, causing disorientation which would prevent him from detecting which way was up. Due to the ever-flowing nature of the underwater lava, his sculptures are obliterated within minutes, which is why he had this video made in an effort to preserve his creations:


  1. the cove “re-branding” itself complete w/a park and beaches.

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