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Thursday, February 09, 2006

One of Those Days?

"Sitting in a 3.8 meter sea kayak and watching a four meter
great white approach you is a fairly tense experience."


Having 'one of those days'? Be thankful you're not this guy. Then again, some days, this picture seems to be the story of my life. Thought I'd pass it along for your enjoyment this Friday... :-)
(HT: 'lil brudder Nicholas)

UPDATE: It is legit, and here's the article it came from! (HT: Sam 'the man' Graham)

8 Comments:

At 3:16 PM, February 10, 2006, Blogger Dan McGowan said...

You can SO tell that oar is photoshopped in...

 
At 3:35 PM, February 10, 2006, Blogger Christian said...

Exactly. And does anyone REALLY believe that boat was yellow? Somebody's clearly been toying around... :-)

In all honesty, I've been curious about this photo since I received it. If you look closely, you can see horizontal lines in the picture, where it looks like it was scanned from a magazine and the text on the reverse side is showing through a little.

Searching on the web, I found this account here which seems to indicate it's a real photo.

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Hiya Crusty, that picture was taken in Gansbaai, South Africa. It was on the front page of one of our local newspapers a couple of months back.

That is actually a GWS researcher in the ski. They've found that they can approach the shark easier and be less intrusive with a ski!!! They monitor these gws from ski's now!!!

Regards
miles

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So I'm reasonably optimistic that it's actually legit...

 
At 10:14 PM, February 10, 2006, Blogger Dan McGowan said...

Well, I know one thing - if that were me in that boat - I'd suddenly figure out a way to do one of those "Fred Flintstone" arm-saw things where they go, like, a zillion miles per hour - and turn that boat into a SPEED boat...

That, or learn REAL quick how to hook, scale and cook a shark.

What was that movie about the couple who are dog-paddling in the ocean while surrounded by sharks? Made me think of that... oh, and that "other" shark movie from the 70's... what WAS that movie called again??

 
At 7:52 PM, February 13, 2006, Blogger Master Aegidius said...

my .02=

Fake.

1)angle of light is wrong. Light is shining on the right side of the kayaker at @ 60 degrees (notice his reflection in the water). Light is shining from the left side onto the shark (notice that the dorsal fin above the water is the same color as the rest of the shark below).

2)proportions are wrong. That is not a 3.8 metre sea kayak. The rake alone tells you that it is an inshore salt boat. Then add the size of the man (@ 6'), which would confirm the boat being @ 12- 14'. Next, again assuming a 6' man, that shark cannot be 4 meters in length.

3)it has been a Long, long time since I studied sharks, but I don't think that is a great white. pectoral fins are to long in relation to the body/head, head shape seems wrong, and the tail also seems wrong. I say a blue.

yeah, I know, everybody hates me....

 
At 8:22 PM, February 13, 2006, Blogger Master Aegidius said...

oops!

Scratch #2: for some reason, my mental metric conversion was WAY out of wack. for the record, 1 metre= 3.28 Imperial feet, ergo 3.8 metre's = 12.464 feet, and 4 metre's = 13.12 feet. So, proportion appears to be ok.

How did that happen?????????????

But i still think it is a fake.

 
At 9:09 PM, February 13, 2006, Blogger rs said...

Hey Jake,

Don't you have something to hunt?

 
At 7:07 AM, March 24, 2006, Blogger Sam Graham said...

Oh yes, SO photoshopped...

...or maybe not! ;)

http://www.whitesharktrust.org/pages/mediaarticle/media25.html

 
At 7:29 AM, March 24, 2006, Blogger Christian said...

Sam, dude! You are the MAN! That link is awesome, thanks!

(and to Master Aegidius - neener, neener, neener! :-)

 

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