On the latest episode of History Channel's Shark Wranglers we listened in on a summit meeting between local business owners and mission leader Chris Fischer.
Fischer asked the locals to take the long view rather than focus on potential loss of business they claim results from the OCEARCH catching and tagging the great white sharks that populate the waters off the tip of South Africa.
From the look on their faces it didn't seem to move them. They had no choice but to accept it.
Fischer and his crew have a permit to carry on their scientific mission to tag great white sharks for research purposes and didn't need anyone's permission.
The time it took to hold the meeting put the crew under pressure with half their permit time elapsed in what Capt. Brett McBride called the "sharkiest waters" he has ever seen. Read about the area known as Shark Alley in Gansbaai, South Africa.
Fans of the show were treated to high stakes drama once again as the men bagged two great whites including the largest they've caught. thus far.
We've become familiar with the bravery and strength of the team members who wrestle with sharks in close proximity to their bodies.
Despite that Shark Wrangler fans were treated to an even higher level of accomplishment from Brett when a mistake by one of the crew required he perform an underwater maneuver that was literally breathtaking.
To untangle the line that tethers their fishing boat to the OCEARCH, Brett McBride was forced tp go beneath the hull of the research ship to free it up from the propeller.
It is a task he not only knows how to do but doesn't shrink from.
He was a bit cranky about it after getting little sleep but strapped on the wetsuit and fins to dive into those "sharkiest" of waters without protection.
McBride is a skilled free diver we are told who can go down as far as 100 feet on one breath. It's super hero stuff, making him the perfect and only man for the job at hand.
The ship's captain can hold his breath for up to four minutes and in waters with limited visibility even he is tested to the limit.
When coupled with his strength and skill he displays each time he jumps into the cradle for tagging, one is forced to sit in awe of what the man can and will do.
Each time a great white is caught and brought to the OCEARCH for tagging it is Brett that leaps into the cradle to position the shark correctly for the procedure.
The sharks weigh more than 1,000 pounds and are still capable of hurting anyone near them until they are subdued. Mission leader Fischer is always nervous when he watches Brett McBride work, but has faith in his experience and extraordinary abilities.
Are viewers ready to name him "Shark-Man"?
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